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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
New York, NY
September 21, 1998
In an effort to encourage patients to monitor their own treatment and to enable professionals to implement the National Kidney Foundation Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF-DOQI) guidelines, the foundation has developed a set of educational materials for both patients and health care professionals. The NKF-DOQI established clinical practice guidelines in four key areas - hemodialysis, anemia, peritoneal dialysis and vascular access, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
"Getting the Most from Your Treatment: What You Need to Know" is a NKF-DOQI brochure series for patients, with companion pieces for professionals. The brochure titles currently available cover hemodialysis adequacy and treatment of anemia. "Getting the Most from Your Treatment: What You Need to Know about Hemodialysis" explains why it is important to get the right amount of hemodialysis, how to care for the access and how to prevent bone and heart disease. Also included with this brochure is a "dialysis report card" that helps patients track important laboratory data and visualize where they stand in relation to established goals. The report card is good for one year and is intended to facilitate discussion among patients and the renal health care team about adequacy of treatment.
"Getting the Most from Your Treatment: What You Need to Know about Anemia" explains why many kidney patients develop anemia and helps them understand the treatment for anemia and how to take care of their health. The companion pieces for professionals summarize the NKF-DOQI guidelines in these two areas in a user-friendly way and explain how to implement the practice guidelines in dialysis units.
According to Garabed Eknoyan, MD, "We are thrilled that NKF-DOQI is moving from the theoretical realm to actual practice. Our ultimate goal is to help patients get the most from their treatment, feel better and live longer."
Additional NKF-DOQI materials available for professionals include the following:
To receive free single copies of the patient brochures or to order bulk quantities of the professional materials call (800) 622-9010.