NKF and URREA Partner to Improve Outcomes for Hemodialysis Patients

Ann Arbor/New York, NY (July 7, 2004) - Improved standards of care and increased longevity for hemodialysis patients are the goals of a formal partnership announced today between the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the University Renal Research and Education Association (URREA). This partnership will bring together experts in nephrology, policy development, and scientific research methods to coordinate evidence based clinical practice guidelines developed by the NKF's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQITM) with research from URREA's Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS).

"There is a long-standing synergy between the science supporting the K/DOQI guidelines and the research findings of DOPPS," said Friedrich K. Port, M.D., president of URREA. "Through the analysis of practice patterns we expect to uncover new treatment strategies that will benefit patients."

"DOPPS offers a prospective and longitudinal source of data on dialysis practices and patient outcomes that is unmatched in its scope and detail," explained Brian Pereira, M.D., president of NKF. "These data can provide critical evidence supporting current K/DOQI guidelines for dialysis patients and identify new areas for guideline development."

"The DOPPS data have been instrumental to many NKF initiatives aimed at improving patient outcomes, from our 13 published K/DOQI guidelines to a new international effort we are assisting, KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes), which will promote worldwide coordination of clinical practice guideline development and implementation," said John Davis, chief executive officer of the NKF. "Our collaboration with URREA will have even greater synergy on a global basis, since DOPPS consistently provides the most comprehensive source of international data related to dialysis."

Upcoming NKF-URREA Activities
NKF and URREA are developing a special supplement to the November 2004 issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases focused on K/DOQI guidelines and research from the DOPPS. NKF will feature DOPPS data in its forthcoming publication, Chronic Kidney Disease Best Practice. The organizations will seek to co-present results from their partnership at nephrology clinical meetings, including NKF Clinical Meetings, ASN Renal Week, ANNA, and the International Dialysis Conference, among others.

National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 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. For more information, please call 800 622-9010.

URREA is a not-for-profit organization with a unique combination of expertise in the design and execution of research studies including primary data collection and the development of large clinical databases and state-of-the-art statistical analyses. URREA's goal is to improve patient outcomes through research and education. For more information on the DOPPS, please visit www.dopps.org.