Education Materials Aid in Implementation of NKF DOQI Guidelines

New York, NY (October 12, 1999) - To facilitate the implementation of the NKF-DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines into health care practice, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has developed a series of educational and assessment tools for patients and professionals.

The implementation initiatives for health care professionals include the Focused Psychosocial Assessment Tool, which is designed to assist the nephrology social worker in identifying patient barriers to achieving the treatment outcomes recommended by the DOQI guidelines; the Quick Reference Clinical Handbooks, a series of four handbooks (Hemodialysis Adequacy, Peritoneal Dialysis Adequacy, Vascular Access and Treatment of Anemia of Chronic Renal Failure) that provide easy access to guideline information; and the Quick Reference Clinical Guidecards, which highlight the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Peritoneal Dialysis Adequacy and inform health care staff about performing various clinical procedures. To help empower patients to make informed choices about their treatment, NKF created the Dialysis Report Card, which helps patients track important laboratory data and visualize where they stand in relation to set goals.

Despite major advances in dialysis knowledge and technology, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients continue to suffer from the debilitating effects of renal disease and die prematurely. More important, there is considerable variation in patient outcomes across centers and countries, and a high level of debate and controversy exists regarding how to improve patient outcomes. NKF-DOQI was developed in an effort to improve the quality and outcomes of dialysis care.

For a complete listing of the NKF-DOQI implementation materials, or to order, contact the National Kidney Foundation at (800) 622-9010.

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