Manage Chronic Kidney Disease With New Guide

Nov. 17, 2014

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) recently released a new guide (PDF) to help primary care providers manage chronic kidney disease (CKD). “Making Sense of CKD: A Concise Guide for Managing Chronic Kidney Disease in the Primary Care Setting” is now available in NKDEP’s online Resource Center.

Primary care professionals are critical to CKD care. Many CKD care issues overlap with those of diabetes and hypertension, and addressing CKD early—prior to nephrology referral—can improve patient outcomes. However, the numerous, sometimes conflicting guidelines for CKD can make understanding and providing appropriate care challenging. This may be especially true for busy primary care professionals charged with managing a broad spectrum of conditions.

NKDEP developed the new guide to help healthcare professionals manage adult CKD patients in the primary care setting. The guide emphasizes the most important considerations for evaluating and managing CKD patients, including identifying and slowing progression among patients at highest risk for progression to kidney failure.

In addition, the guide highlights a variety of resources—including patient education materials, clinical tools and professional reference materials—to help providers assess, manage and educate patients with CKD in the primary care setting.

Download the guide from the NKDEP website (PDF) or email NKDEP to request a hard copy of the guide.