The CRIC Study is a major national research effort poised to make fundamental insights into the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The CRIC Study represents the largest, nationally representative prospective cohort of adults with chronic kidney disease with intended long-term follow up.
The CRIC Research Network (CRIC–RN) began the design of the study in 2001. During this first phase that ended in mid-2008, the CRIC-RN successfully recruited and characterized a cohort of nearly 4,000 individuals with chronic kidney disease. The second phase of the CRIC study, which began in 2008 and was completed in 2013, allowed for extended follow-up of study participants. The third phase of the study, which began in 2013 and ended recruitment in 2015, enrolled older Americans with less severe CKD, and extends follow-up of Phase 1 and 2 participants for an additional 5 years.
The CRIC-RN is a potent public asset promoting the health of populations with chronic kidney disease and is evolving further during CRIC’s third phase through outstanding opportunities:
- To enhance scientific discovery through extended follow-up of the CRIC cohort and expansion of the study population to address key knowledge gaps
- To leverage fully the CRIC-RN into a broad-based resource for the scientific community