NKF Unveils Tools for Kidney Disease Professionals to Implement K/DOQI Guidelines for Bone Disease

New York, NY (April 13, 2004) - A comprehensive box of materials to help healthcare professionals implement new National Kidney Foundation (NKF) clinical practice guidelines for treatment of bone disease in kidney patients is now available at no charge to every practicing nephrologist and dialysis center in the United States. Abbott Laboratories is assisting with the distribution of these materials as a service to the healthcare community.

Developed by the NKF, the box contains the NKF's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Bone Metabolism and Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which was published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases in October 2003. The following materials are included in the box:

  • Guidelines
  • Clinical handbooks
  • Pocket tools
  • Wall chart
  • Patient tools

"Bone disease sets in during the early stages of CKD. It often goes undetected and worsens as kidney function declines, but if it is identified early, patients may benefit from improved quality of life," said Brian J.G. Pereira, M.D., president of the NKF.

"These user-friendly implementation tools, based on the independently developed and evidence-based guidelines, demonstrate the NKF's commitment to supporting clinicians in their effort to put the NKF-K/DOQI guidelines into practice," continued Pereira.

The boxed sets of materials will be distributed in early May. For questions regarding delivery, healthcare professionals or dialysis centers should contact their local Abbott sales or clinical specialists or call (800) 457-9470.

The complimentary distribution of the boxed set is made possible through the support of Abbott Laboratories, a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals, nutritionals, and medical products, including devices and diagnostics.

The NKF's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) provides evidencebased clinical practice guidelines developed by volunteer physicians and health care providers for all phases of kidney disease and related complications, from diagnosis to monitoring and management. K/DOQI expands the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative or DOQI, a project begun by the National Kidney Foundation in 1995 and recognized throughout the world for improving the care of dialysis patients. For more information, please visit www.kdoqi.org or call (800) 622-9010.