The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health has launched the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP).
NKDEP aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from kidney disease by raising awareness about the seriousness of the problem and the importance of prevention, early diagnosis, and appropriate management. The program will initially target primary care providers and people at highest risk for kidney disease, particularly African Americans with diabetes, hypertension and/or a family history of kidney failure.
The program has its own website, www.nkdep.nih.gov.
At this site healthcare providers can locate clinical tools, such as the formula for estimating the GFR Formula(glomerular filtration rate found at http://nephron.com/cgi-bin/MDRD.cgi from serum creatinine using a simple equation and the Body Mass Index at (http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi), which calculates total body fat for adults using only weight and height.
In addition to clinical information, the website offers educational materials at http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/educresources/index.htm including fact sheets and booklets about kidney disease.
Material and links at the site should be of particular use to people who have early kidney disease, those at risk for it, and their healthcare providers.
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