NKF Unveils Comprehensive Nephrology Office Toolkit

New York, NY (October 10, 2004) - A comprehensive and dynamic resource for the care of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients is now available to nephrologists free of charge from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). The Nephrology Office Toolkit will support the nephrologist and all members of the practice team by providing a variety of tools that will complement office-based management of patients with stages 1-4 kidney disease. The Nephrology Office Toolkit is a program of the NKF's Kidney Learning System (KLS)™. KLS is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through CKD education along the continuum of care.

The toolkit is a compilation of practical, interactive materials designed for the nephrologist and the office staff in addition to patient education material. Resources for nephrologists and office staff include handbooks, pocket tools, flow charts and community outreach resources. Materials for patient education include printed and audiovisual resources about living with kidney disease and managing associated complications, such as anemia, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

“Since we know that early detection and intervention for chronic kidney disease is critical in delaying or even preventing the progression of kidney disease, we have tried to pull a lot of resources all together in one place to assist physicians and other office staff in effectively managing patients with CKD. In working with a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals we focused on developing a core set of materials which would not be solely dependent on the nephrologist as the principle user,” says Brian J. G. Pereira, MD, president of the NKF.

Resources in the toolkit are tailored to be used as a patient may experience his/her office visit from the waiting room, through the examination room and follow-up. For example, coordinating materials for the nephrology practice office manager include clinical flow charts for new CKD patients’ medical records, an overview of kidney disease for non-clinical staff and resources to assist staff with implementing HIPAA legislation. Materials for the clinicians and office professionals are also compiled onto a compendium CD to be downloaded and modified for each office’s needs.

“We also placed equal importance on facilitating communication between the nephrology office and the patient’s referring physician, who may see the earliest signs of kidney disease. The Physician’s Referral Response Generator enables treatment and management issues to be communicated between the nephrologist and the patient’s referring physician in a way that will help maximize patient outcomes,” continues Pereira.

The Nephrology Office Toolkit is the first comprehensive package presented by the NKF, which is made possible through an educational grant from Amgen, Inc. Additions and enhancements to the initial resources in the kit will be developed to keep health professionals equipped with current and practical materials for CKD patient care. The foundation’s Kidney Learning System provides print and multimedia educational materials for physicians, allied health care professionals and patients. Nephrologists will receive ordering information for the toolkit through their Amgen representative.

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