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

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012       

Interactive referral form encourages collaboration between PCPs and RDs

MNT form
Diet therapy is critical for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). While the primary care provider can and should initiate a discussion about dietary changes with CKD patients, it is vital to engage and refer to a registered dietitian (RD) knowledgeable in CKD diet and nutrition to assess and conduct individualized medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for patients with CKD. MNT can delay CKD progression, prevent or treat complications such as malnutrition, and improve quality of life.

Help improve your patients’ outcomes with NKDEP’s new, interactive CKD Diet Counseling (Medical Nutrition Therapy) Referral Form, designed to help you share important patient data with an RD. The form provides fields for entering data that are likely to be useful for patient evaluation. These include: reason for referral, diabetes status, urine and blood test results, blood pressure readings, recent weight change, current medications, and others. The form can be saved to a computer, edited, and shared electronically with the RD.  

Exploring NKDEP’s website: Complications and Comorbidities 

NKDEP’s website features evidence-based information to help health care professionals better manage patients with CKD, including guidance around treating the complications and comorbidities associated with CKD.  As a patient’s estimated glomerular filtration rate declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Visit the Treat Complications and Comorbidities section of our website to find information about managing complications and comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease and dyslipidemia, anemia due to impaired erythropoiesis and low iron stores, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression and decreased functional status.   

Explaining Kidney Test Results tear-off pad featured as highly effective handout

Tear off pad
NKDEP’s Explaining Your Kidney Test Results: a Tear-off Pad for Clinical Use was featured as an effective handout in a breakout session at the American Association of Diabetes Educators 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The session, titled Powerful Handouts: Engaging Participants in Active Learning, called out the tear-off pad’s reiterative and interactive qualities, demonstrating its use of “the five Bs:” build interest, be relevant, be engaging, boost memory, and build action.  Thank you to the presenters; Susan LaRue, RD, CDE; and Barb Schreiner, PhD, RN, CPLP, CDE, BC-BDM; for choosing to spotlight this resource.   
You can download or order copies of the tear-off pad for free through NKDEP’s online Resource Center

Hispanic media shares NKDEP’s Spanish-language resources

Sylvia Rosas on CNN espanol
The launch of NKDEP’s Spanish-language website received significant media coverage in June, underscoring the need for relevant Spanish-language information on kidney disease.

The month started strong with a five minute interview on CNN en Español’s popular NotiMujer program, where spokesperson Dr. Sylvia Rosas outlined the main risk factors for kidney disease, the importance of getting tested, and highlighted the new website as the ideal source of Spanish-language information for Hispanics about kidney disease. Coverage continued throughout the month on such outlets as AARP’s VIVA Su Segunda Juventud! radio program, Huffpost Voces blog, Univisió, CNN en Español radio, and Agencia EFE, the largest wire service Spanish-language outlets.

 In all, the media coverage led to increased web traffic and interactivity, particularly on our resources page, demonstrating the important role NKDEP plays in informing Spanish-language speakers about chronic kidney disease.

Initiatives aim to improve CKD health IT, support pharmacists in CKD patient management

On occasion, NKDEP invites experts to participate in ad hoc Working Groups, which are established for a specific purpose. We are pleased to announce the launch two such working groups:

The Health Information Technology Working Group aims to enable and support the widespread interoperability of data related to kidney health among healthcare software applications to optimize CKD detection and management.

The Pharmacy Working Group seeks to increase pharmacists’ knowledge of CKD and provide them with the tools and resources to help educate their patients about the disease. 
We look forward to sharing our progress in improving kidney health information technology systems and supporting pharmacist-lead patient education on kidney disease.  

We look forward to sharing our progress in improving kidney health information technology systems and supporting pharmacist-lead patient education on kidney disease.

This National Diabetes Month, Help People Make a Change to Live Well with Resources from NDEP

This November, in observance of National Diabetes Month, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners are Changing the Way Diabetes is Treated by helping people better understand how to make the necessary changes in their day-to-day life in order to prevent type 2 diabetes, manage their diabetes to prevent  complications, and live healthier lives.
Many people know WHAT to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out HOW to do it and fit it into their daily routine that’s challenging. The NDEP provides a number of tools to help people better understand HOW to make changes to stay healthy and take steps to reach and maintain their health goals.

NDEP’s online library of behavior change resources, Diabetes HealthSense, provides users with a searchable database of research, tools, and programs to address the wide array of psychosocial and lifestyle-change challenges associated with diabetes self-management. Resources included in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by a team of leading independent experts on psychosocial issues with specific expertise in the science of behavior change.

NDEP’s Make A Plan tool can help you think about what is important to your health and how to make a plan to take small, but important steps to help you reach your goal.
Visit to explore NDEP’s behavior change tools and for promotional resources you can use to promote National Diabetes Month in your community.

Session at ASN's Kidney Week 2012 Explores Role, Impact of Nurses and Pharmacists on CKD Management

The American Society of Nephrology will host a special session during their annual Kidney Week meeting entitled, “The Role of Nursing and Pharmaceutical Care in CKD Patients” at 2:00pm on November 2.  The session will explore the role and impact of nurses and pharmacists in the care of CKD patients, as well as the impact of nursing and pharmaceutical care on medication and dietary adherence, anemia management, and outcomes in CKD patients. Visit ASN’s website for more information.

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CDC releases diabetes report card

CDC Diabetes Report Card
The Division of Diabetes Translation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Diabetes Report Card 2012: National and State Profile of Diabetes and Its Complications. The Report Card, released every two years, presents national and state level overviews of diabetes and its complications and includes information on risk factors, pre-diabetes awareness, and diabetes outcomes. It can be read at CDC’s website.

Updated materials for people at risk for and living with CKD

At risk for kidney disease and kidney disease basics brochures

Both brochures reflect new guidelines on target blood pressure, language on the importance of maintaining kidney health and updated charts depicting urine albumin, GFR ranges and their meanings. The Chronic Kidney Disease: What Does it Mean for Me? brochure received a complete makeover with a sleek new design and updated colors and photos to help illustrate how to stay healthy with CKD. Both brochures are available on NKDEP’s new website.

Federal Agencies Convene for Semiannual KICC Meeting

NIDDK hosted the semiannual Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) meeting on September 14 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention presented on the National Center for Health Statistics' addition of serum creatinine collection to the Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, and representatives from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality spoke about the Effective Health Care Program's evidence review on CKD screening and management and the US Preventive Services Task Force’s Recommendation on Screening for CKD. Dr. Andrew Narva, Director of NKDEP, gave an update on urine albumin standardization, and Dr. Uptal Patel, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine and Chair of NKDEP's new Health Information Technology Working Group, provided an overview of health information technology and the mission of the new Working Group. The meeting summary report will be available soon on the NKDEP website. Please visit the NKDEP website to learn more about KICC.  

Upcoming Events:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2012 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (booth # 1153), Oct. 6-9, Philedelphia, PA.

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NKDEP News is a quarterly newsletter featuring news and information on NKDEP's activities, new materials, and publications. It also features relevant news regarding kidney disease and its risk factors from other NIDDK programs, Federal agencies and non-government organizations.  
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Page last updated: October 10, 2012