New York, NY—May 18, 2017—Today, on National Clinical Trials Awareness Day, National Kidney Foundation announced a new microsite designed to make it easier for kidney patients to find a clinical trial. The new microsite can help patients find matching clinical trials in their local area within 60 seconds just by answering a series of questions about their condition.
Patients and professionals can go to www.kidney.org/clinicaltrials to directly search clinical trials. Patients will also find real life stories from clinical trial participants and resources addressing common questions such as: What is a clinical trial? Who can participate? Are clinical trials safe?
“Clinical trials offer patients the chance to receive treatment which may otherwise not be available, and also help promote general knowledge or treatment of a specific condition that may benefit other patients,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Kidney Foundation (NKF). “But clinical trial websites can be difficult for patients to understand and time-consuming to sort through what may, or may not, be applicable to their specific disease or condition. NKF’s new microsite takes all of the available information from clinical trial databases and puts it into one easy place to help patients find a matching trial in their local area. The site also helps patients understand that participation in an individual clinical trial carries potential benefits and risks,” he added.
The new microsite also offers a free detailed guide entitled, “Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know,” available for download in both English and Spanish. Support for NKF’s Clinical Trials Education provided by Mallinckodt Phamaceuticals, Akebia Therapeutics, Bayer, and powered by Antidote.
Kidney Disease Facts
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. 26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+. People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.