Statement of the National Kidney Foundation Regarding the Reconvening of the Anemia Workgroup

New York, NY (February 5, 2007) - The National Kidney Foundation’s KDOQI anemia workgroup reconvened last weekend for a formal review of new information that might have an impact on recent recommendations from KDOQI on anemia management. This process continues the KDOQI practice of formal review of new data relevant to published KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines and is consistent with published recommendations for guideline updates. The anemia work group discussed the implications of recently published studies and studies accepted for publication on anemia.

The first step in this process was a structured review of the new evidence by the NKF Evidence Review Team headquartered at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. This evidence was then examined by the work group to determine whether 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. A summary of the new evidence and the work group’s findings is being developed and will be released for public comment by mid-April. The final version will be published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

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.