National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)


National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)


The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by kidney disease and its complications.

NKDEP aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing those at high risk (those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure), and the availability of treatment to prevent or slow kidney failure.

The site includes the following sections:

  • Information for patients and the public
    • Kidney disease overview
    • Talking to your doctor about kidney disease
    • Talking to your family about kidney disease
    • Resources
      • Videos
      • Brochures
      • Fact sheets
    • Related links
  • Information for health professionals
    • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) overview
    • Tools and resources
      • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) calculator
      • Body mass index (BMI) calculator
      • Consult letter template - for nephrologists to facilitate communication with primary care providers (PCPs)
      • Kidney disease reference card
      • CKD in the United States PowerPoint presentation
      • Help Your Family Prevent Kidney Failure brochure, button, and poster
    • Laboratory support
    • Clinical practice guidelines
    • Patient education
      • Videos
      • Brochures
      • Fact sheets
    • Statistics
    • Related links
  • Information for laboratory professionals
    • Creatinine standardization program
    • Recommendations
    • Resources
    • Frequently asked questions


National Kidney Disease Education Program; Renal Physicians Association

Funding Sources:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (U.S.); National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2004
Original Summary: June 2004
Last Updated: 05/12/08

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