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Patient Education

General Information

  • American Association of Kidney Patients
    An educational, nationwide, not-for-profit information website for patients with kidney disorders. Also contains resources on transplants and dialysis.
  • KidneyOptions.com
    A user-friendly site with information for patients with kidney disease as well as their families and friends. The site features a glossary of medical terminology used by nephrology professionals.
  • Kidney School
    A Medical Education Institute program offering 20-minute learning modules, audio books, and online resources for physicians. The page provides important patient education resources presented in a different way.
  • Renalinfo.com
    A support and advice page for people affected by kidney disease - including health care workers and lifestyle management advice.
  • DaVita
    A kidney and dialysis information website featuring educational materials, recipes, articles, forums, links, and more.

Kidney-Friendly Diet

  • DaVita kidney-friendly recipes
    An enormous collection of kidney-friendly recipes featuring United States regional cuisine, ethnic menus, desserts, and more. Also contains dietician advice on healthy eating with a kidney disorder.
  • Diet in Kidney Disease-Kent (UK)
    The Kent and Canterbury Renal Department's guide on nutrient intake during dialysis. The page features a nutrient-by-nutrient explanation of appropriate intake and nutrient combination. s
  • AAKP Renal Friendly Diet
    The American Associantion of Kidney Patients offers a guide on the importance of eating the right kinds of foods when you have limited kidney function. An excellent resource with a thorough explanation of the importance of limiting protein, potassium, and other nutrients.
  • HealthTouch Renal Diet Guide
    A resource on incorporating the renal diet into your life and how to make it work for you. The page contains a thorough guide with individual common foods and condiments and the appropriate amounts for a renal diet.

Kidney Cancer, Kidney Disease, and other Kidney Conditions

  • Kidney Cancer Organization
    A patient, family, and physician education organization collaborating with the National Cancer Institute and the American Society for Clinical Oncology. Their website offers educational materials and fundraising opportunities.
  • Anemia: the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
    An important resource for patients with anemia. The site features medical information on the causes, treatments, diagnosis, and programs available for anemia patients.
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
    Network Forum Website A non-profit organization that advocates for its members and helps coordinate inter-network activities within eighteen different nationwide End-Stage Renal Disease Networks.
  • PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation
    Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disorder affecting roughly 1 in 500 people that causes cysts to form on the kidneys. The PKD foundation promotes polycystic kidney disease awareness, research, education, and organizes events like runs and walks for charity.
  • NephCure Foundation
    The NephCure foundation is an organization committed to finding the causes, treatments, and cures for Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. These two conditions involve damage to the filtering mechanisms of the kidney.
  • Fabry Disease - National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    A National Institutes of Health (nih.gov) website offering information and publications on Fabry disease, a condition wherein the body is unable to break down certain lipids and the patient is at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or renal failure.

High Blood Pressure Resources

  • Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure
    A smart and simple site from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on how to treat and prevent high blood pressure.
  • Hypertension Education Foundation (HEF)
    HEF is an active supporter of hypertension awareness and aims to inform the American public on the dangers of this condition. The site features patient advice and education as well as resources for physicians.

Kidney Stone Resources

  • Kidney Stones in Adults
    The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases information Clearinghouse page on kidney stones in adults - a richly detailed site with information on the causes and treatment of kidney stones.
  • National Kidney Foundation - Kidney Stone Removal
    A stone disease information site from the National Kidney Foundation. The page focuses on the different ways to remove kidney stones and how to manage them through diet.
  • MedicineNet.com Kidney Stone Page
    A thorough resource on the causes, treatment, and prevention of kidney stones from MedicineNet.com, one of the most trusted and extensive medical information libraries online.

Patient Advocacy

  • Renal Support Network
    A patient-centered not-for-profit network of people with chronic kidney disease and their families. The group provides a network of support and coping advice for patients with this chronic condition as well as educational materials and organ donation information.
  • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
    As a part of the NIH (National Institutes of Health), the NIDDK's mission is to conduct research on kidney disorders and make their findings available to the public. The site contains a wealth of health education resources and information.
  • National Kidney Foundation
    A non-profit, public, and professional education and advocacy group supporting kidney health awareness and initiatives to "End the Wait" for a kidney transplant.
  • Kidney Care Partners
    Kidney Care Partners is a patient advocate group consisting of patients, dialysis providers, and other health professionals to improve the experiences of people suffering from chronic kidney disease. The site features opportunities to get involved in current kidney issues.

Kidney Transplant Information

  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
    The country's only organ transplantation and donation network, the United Network for Organ Sharing facilitates transplant awareness, patient education, and technology and research. Their transplant community provides life-saving kidney transplant opportunities.

Financial Assistance Programs

  • American Kidney Fund
    A non-profit organization funded largely through donations, the American Kidney Fund offers direct financial assistance to dialysis patients as well as educational programs promoting kidney disease awareness. In 2010 they helped 101,000 dialysis patients cover the costs of their treatment, making them an extremely successful fund.

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