The National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI) ™ has provided evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and related complications since 1997. Recognized throughout the world for improving the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, the KDOQI Guidelines have changed the practice of numerous specialties and disciplines and improved the lives of thousand of kidney patients. All KDOQI Guidelines and Commentaries are published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), NKF's premier journal.

To date, KDOQI has developed and disseminated the following thirteen guidelines for the care of kidney disease patients.

KDOQI Guidelines for CKD Care:

KDOQI Guidelines for Dialysis Care:


KDOQI convenes a small work group of U.S. based experts to review the international guidelines and write a commentary to help the U.S. audience understand the applicability and importance of the guidelines in their local clinical environment. These commentaries are published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and will form the basis for U.S.-specific implementation tools and programs, which will be produced under the KDOQI brand.

KDOQI Commentaries include:

KDOQI Guidelines and Commentaries Vice Chair

Jeffrey Berns, MD FACP, FASN

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Director of the University of Pennsylvania Renal Fellowship Training Program Interim Chief of the Penn Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.