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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

January 27, 2009

Upcoming Projects for 2009

Here is some of what's in store from NKDEP in 2009:

Continuing Education Webinars Hosted by NKDEP

On November 12, 2008, Dr. Andrew S. Narva hosted a free webinar titled, "Improving Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease". Health professionals that participated in the online webcast learned about the burden of disease, barriers to care and evidence-based interventions, and key concepts for patient education, among other topics.

The webinar has been archived on the Clinical Directors Network website. If you are interested in viewing the webinar to earn CME credits through the American Academy of Family Physicians, visit

Another webinar is planned for April 29; please check NKDEP's website in March to confirm the date and topic.

CHC-CKD Pilot Group Held Productive Meeting, Data Collection Began

NKDEP's Community Health Center CKD Pilot project (CHC-CKD Pilot) members met as a group for the second time in New Haven, CT in November. The CHC-CKD Pilot involves a small group of centers in the Northeast that are working together to determine effective strategies to improve CKD care. During the meeting, centers detailed effective practices and discussed lessons learned about their CKD-related activities, which included group education, use of standing orders, clinical staff training, clinical pharmacy involvement, a nurse focus, and community KEEP screenings. Centers also identified areas of continuing need, such as patient self management and communication with nephrologists. The next meeting of the Pilot group is planned for April 2009.

In addition, the Pilot members have been working over the past few months to put data systems in place to monitor performance improvements related to CKD. Data collection has begun in most centers, and NKDEP hopes to be able to share early results in mid-2009.

Explaining GFR Pad Translated to Chinese and Vietnamese

NKDEP has translated the patient fact sheet from its Explaining GFR tear-off pad for Chinese- and Vietnamese-speaking communities. These translations will be available for download later this year on NKDEP's website at For more information or to receive a copy, please email us at

NKDEP Convened Coordinating Panel for Annual Meeting

NKDEP held its annual Coordinating Panel meeting on October 24, 2008, in Bethesda, MD. The meeting discussion focused on health disparities related to chronic kidney disease. In addition to hearing presentations from experienced panel members, the group brainstormed ideas on how NKDEP can better address this issue at a patient and community level. The meeting summary report is available on NKDEP's website at

NDEP Promotes Managing Diabetes to Prevent Kidney Disease

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NKDEP partner, promotes the importance of managing diabetes to prevent or delay complications, including kidney disease.

NDEP offers numerous clinical practice tools and patient education materials distilled from evidence-based national guidelines for diagnosis and care. NDEP's Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care helps health care professionals to identify components of comprehensive patient-centered care and to diagnose, treat, and prevent long-term diabetes complications like kidney disease. NDEP's Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign features an easy-to-read patient education booklet, 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., which helps health care professionals outline vital self-care principles. Available in English, Spanish, Asian, and Pacific Islander languages, the brochure helps patients manage their diabetes to avoid kidney problems and includes information about getting routine urine and blood tests.

Visit NDEP online at to download or order free materials, or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337); TTY: 1-866-569-1162.

Updated Publications from NKUDIC Available

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. NKUDIC offers publications about specific kidney and urologic diseases, provided free of copyright, in varying reading levels. The following publications have been recently updated:

To order these publications or view them online, visit

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