National Kidney Foundation Offers New Series on Rehabilitation

New York, NY (June 25, 1999) - To help people touched by End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) understand the critical role rehabilitation plays in improving patient quality of life, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has unveiled a new educational series, "Kidney Disease and Rehabilitation." The new series is designed to assist patients return to meaningful activity, whether the goal is resuming employment, going back to school, exercising or volunteering.

Written in question-and-answer format, "Kidney Disease and Rehabilitation," comprises 12 brochures (five for health care professionals, five for kidney patients and their families, one for employers and one for vocational rehabilitation counselors and explores the different roles each group can play in helping patients realize their individual rehabilitation goals). The brochures for patients and their families discuss such issues as coping effectively with illness and treatment, finances and staying fit. Brochures for health care professionals, including nephrologists, social workers, dietitians and facility administrators address such topics as encouraging patients to take a more active role in their treatment and helping patients set individual goals for rehabilitation. Employers or potential employers of individuals with ESRD can find valuable information on how treatments such as dialysis and transplantation allow individuals with kidney disease to be conscientious and productive employees.

Funding for the development of "Kidney Disease and Rehabilitation" was provided by Amgen. The brochure series was developed as part of the NKF's new rehabilitation program, Rehabilitation, Information, Support and Empowerment (RISE). For more information about the RISE program or to order the brochure series, contact the National Kidney Foundation at (800) 622-9010.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.