Optimizing acute kidney injury care in the primary care setting

Study Lead

Dr. Peter Birks and Dr. Michelle Wong

University of British Columbia


Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs when kidney function rapidly declines, and it affects up to 20% of patients in hospital. AKI is related to increased risk of death, higher healthcare costs and other harmful heath occurrences. After an episode of AKI, there are interventions that can improve outcomes but there is a recognized gap in the delivery of optimal post-AKI care. The majority of AKI patients are not followed by kidney specialists and family doctors care for AKI patients.

We are undertaking this project to collect valuable information from relevant health care practitioners and patient partners about experiences and challenges faced when treating AKI. We want to use this information to develop a set of accessible and practical resources for family doctors and patients to help improve the care for AKI patients.

Participant Commitment: You will be invited to participate in virtual focus groups held over Zoom with a time commitment of approximately 1-2 hours, for which compensation ($50 gift card) will be given.


Over the age of 19, resides in British Columbia (Northern Health, Interior Health, or Island Health regions), and has either:

  1. Been diagnosed with acute kidney injury (AKI) at some point in their medical history, or
  2. Caregivers and family members of someone who has been diagnosed with AKI.

Type of Participation

Focus Group


Acute Kidney Injury


British Columbia

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