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

June 6, 2012

New Resources Help Dietitians Care for Patients with CKD

Slides images from NKDEP's Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management training program

NKDEP's Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management training program is now available to download for free on the NKDEP website. The training program is a series of five PowerPoint modules that use engaging activities and case studies to prepare registered dietitians (RDs) for counseling patients who have CKD. Each module focuses on a specific area of nutrition management for kidney disease patients, including background information on CKD, slowing the progression of CKD, CKD complications, the CKD "diet," and the transition from CKD to kidney failure. Continuing education credits are available for the program through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Images of NKDEP's Spanish-language nutrition fact sheets

NKDEP's popular suite of nutrition materials has been adapted into Spanish. RDs can now use these culturally appropriate materials, designed to distill key information about CKD and diet for RDs and patients, to provide effective medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to Spanish-speaking CKD patients who are not on dialysis. The suite includes a fact sheet on the basics of CKD and nutrition; a tool for assessment of and education about kidney test results; and individual handouts on sodium, protein, phosphorous, potassium, and food label reading. The Spanish-language materials can be downloaded and printed from the NKDEP website.

Build Lesson Plans for Counseling CKD Patients with New Online Tool

A screenshot of NKDEP's Kidney Disease Education Lesson Builder

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 (RRT). The tool is divided into six lesson plans, which each include learning objectives, sample session starters, recommended session content, patient education materials that can be printed and ordered, clinical information for educators, sample outcome assessment questions, and visual teaching aids that can be used during the lessons. The lesson plan content meets the needs of qualified providers seeking to deliver the Kidney Disease Education (KDE) Services benefit, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A sample pack of the patient education materials recommended for all six lesson plans is available to order for free in NKDEP's online resource center.

Exploring NKDEP's New Website: Comprehensive Information in Spanish

A screenshot of NKDEP's Spanish-language microsite

NKDEP's new website features a culturally adapted, patient-tested Spanish-language section. This mobile-friendly web section contains three major subsections:

NKDEP Shares Findings of Community Health Center Pilot Project at NKF Spring Clinical Meeting

NKDEP's Improving Chronic Kidney Disease Care in Community Health Centers: Results of a Pilot Project poster was presented at the National Kidney Foundation's 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings on May 10th in Washington, D.C. The poster highlighted the results of NKDEP's Community Health Center (CHC) pilot project, which assessed strategies to improve CKD detection and care in the primary care setting. Each center implemented clinical interventions and collected data on 12 performance measures. Effective, sustainable interventions included: CKD templates in electronic health record; CKD lab algorithm; annual screening for diabetics; and self-management-focused patient education. Recommendations for integrating CKD into CHC diabetes care included: limiting number and complexity of data points, using standing orders, integrating laboratory results into EHRs, properly equipping staff, and engaging allied health professionals. For more information about the Pilot Project, contact NKDEP.

Review of the Evidence on Screening for, Monitoring, and Treatment of CKD to Inform CKD Recommendations

The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a review of the evidence on screening for, monitoring, and treatment of early CKD. This review is based on a report that was posted for public comment from March 22 to April 6, 2011, through a partnership with the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program. The evidence review will inform the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's forthcoming draft recommendation statement on screening for chronic kidney disease.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Encourages Men to Take Just One Step toward Better Health

Father's Day (June 17) and National Men's Health Week (June 11-17) are great opportunities to help men learn how to manage their diabetes—or if they are at risk—how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Nearly 13 million men age 20 and older have diabetes, and men with a family history of diabetes or whose family background is African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, or Asian American/Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes can face serious health problems associated with diabetes. It is the leading cause of kidney failure and about 1 in 3 people with diabetes have kidney disease. But you can prevent or delay these problems by managing your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. And if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, modest changes, such as losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active, can go a long way toward preventing or delaying the disease. Share NDEP's Just One Step tool ( with your patients to help them take the first step toward better health by breaking down their goals into small, achievable steps.

You can also share the real life experiences of NDEP volunteers Haywood, David, and Sterling, who are making lifestyle changes to take control of their health. Use NDEP's Get Real! You Don't Have to Knock Yourself Out to Prevent Diabetes for tips to help your patients get physically active and eat healthy to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. To help men manage their diabetes, share NDEP's 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. brochure. For more information, visit

New AHRQ Videonovela Series Helps Spanish-Speaking Patients Compare Treatments for Diabetes

A screenshot of AHRQ's Aprende a vivir website

AHRQ recently released a three-part Spanish-language videonovela series, Aprende a vivir (Learn to Live), which features messages for diabetes patients to find a treatment regimen that works best for them. Aprende a vivir tells the story of how Don Felipe, who has type 2 diabetes, works with his family and his health care team to compare his treatment options rather than skip his medication because of side effects. The three-episode series is available on AHRQ's Healthcare 411 website.

NIHSeniorHealth Website Redesigned with Improved Usability, Modernized Appearance

A screenshot of the  NIHSeniorHealth website

The National Library of Medicine and The National Institute on Aging recently redesigned the NIHSeniorHealth website. The redesign incorporated user feedback as well as results from usability testing of the proposed designs with seniors. The new website features a site-wide banner that provides easy access from every page to more than 50 Health Topics and 150 videos. The site also includes a new search feature that allows quick access to health topics, videos, and other senior-related health content. While making these changes, NIHSeniorHealth remains senior-friendly with large sans-serif font, vivid colors, and the ability to enlarge text and change contrast.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse Releases New A1C Test Fact Sheet

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse's The A1C Test and Diabetes fact sheet is now available to download and order. The fact sheet has helpful information about the A1C test and diabetes, including how the A1C test works and why it's important to be tested for diabetes.

March KICC Meeting Summary Now Available

NIDDK and NKDEP hosted the semiannual Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) meeting on March 2, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. A summary of the meeting is now available online.

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