National Kidney Foundation To Convene a Review Panel for KDOQI Anemia Guidelines

New York, NY (December 7, 2006) - The National Kidney Foundation has finalized plans for its formal review of new information that might have an impact on recent recommendations from KDOQI on anemia management. This confirms KDOQI's announcement last month that it would continue its decade long process of timely review of new data relevant to published KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Co-Chairs of KDOQI have asked the anemia work group to reconvene on February 3, 2007 to discuss the implications of recently published studies and studies accepted for publication on anemia.

The first step in this process will be a structured review of the new evidence by the NKF Evidence Review Team headquartered at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. This evidence will then be examined by the work group to determine if it has a material impact on any recommendations made in the KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines and Clinical Practice Recommendations for Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease published in May, 2006. When the anemia work group completes its analysis of new studies, appropriate announcements or publications will be developed.

The KDOQI process was established in 1995 and has always relied on a structured review of the evidence and the independence of the work group.