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The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), based in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health, works to improve the identification of people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and promotes the implementation of evidence-based interventions, with the goal of reducing disparities and improving care.
To achieve this goal, NKDEP provides information, training, and tools to help health care professionals in the primary care setting better identify and manage CKD patients prior to referral. NKDEP offers a wide variety of tools for health professionals that aid in decision support, patient referral, nutrition management, and patient education. The latest tools from NKDEP are:
- The online "Kidney Disease Education Lesson Builder" helps educators create and implement lesson plans for counseling patients with CKD about managing their disease and preparing for renal replacement therapy.
- NKDEP’s interactive "CKD Medical Nutrition Therapy Referral Form" helps providers share important patient data with a registered dietitian (RD).
- A suite of CKD materials to help dietetic educators teach nutrition therapy provides students and interns with the basic information they will need, such as a training module on the basics of kidney disease and the CKD diet, to counsel patients who have CKD once they become practicing RDs.
- To help explain kidney test results to patients, NKDEP has created a "Tear-off Pad for Clinical Use" (PDF, 248 KB) (in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French) that helps providers explain glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and Urine Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio (UACR) test results and CKD basics to patients.
NKDEP is a key source of evidence-based information and tools to assist health professionals to better educate and care for their patients with CKD. Explore all that NKDEP has to offer.