May 10, 2022/Opinion

Why we now use a race-free algorithm to predict kidney disease

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Crystal Gadegbeku, M.D.

In a op-ed, Crystal Gadegbeku, M.D. — chair of the Department of Kidney Medicine in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic — explains the importance of not using race as a biomarker in determining a person’s kidney function.

“Because of the inherent bias in using race as a factor,” she writes, “the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology led a task force to find a better equation that estimates kidney function without a race variable.”

To read the complete op-ed, visit

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