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Abstract: TH-PO400

The Prevalence, Awareness, and Treatment of CKD in Korean Adults

Session Information

Category: CKD (Non-Dialysis)

  • 2101 CKD (Non-Dialysis): Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Prevention


  • Kim, Kyeong Min, Eulji medical center, Daejeon, Korea (the Republic of)

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global public health problem, and its prevalence has dramatically increased with an increasing old aged and their chronic diseases. It is known that the rate of recognition and treatment of chronic renal failure is very low. But there is a lack of data on prevalence, awareness, treatment of CKD that is representative of the Korean population. Our objective was to investigate the prevalence, awareness and treatment in Korean CKD patients.


Among adults aged ≥19 years who participated in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) between 2013 and 2014, a total of 15,568 subjects were analyzed. CKD prevalence was defined as an eGFR < 60mL/min/1.73m2 or spot urine albumin to creatinine ratio ≥ 30 mg/g.


A total of 9,550 incident CKD patients between 2013 and 2014 were included in the analysis. The prevalence of CKD was 8.66%. Of the total patients, 341 patients (3.78%) were in the stage 1 of CKD, 316 patients (2.52%) in the stage 2, 311 patients (2.15%) in the stage 3, 15 patients (1.16%) in stage 4 and 4 patients (0.04%) in the stage 5. The rate of awareness and the treatment of CKD were 2.19% and 1.35%, respectively.


In this nationally representative KNHANES data, very low awareness and treatment observed for Korean patients with CKD. And we analyzed the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Korean adults using the most up-to-date data available. The present findings provide meaningful epidemiological data.

Table 1. Awareness of CKD in South Korea
Diagnosis of CKD by DoctorNon-CKDCKDTotal
Unknown or unresponsive282(3.39)34(3.54)316(3.4)

Figure 1. Prevalence of CKD in South Korea