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Goal 1: Reduce the Risk of Kidney Failure

Key elements to reducing the risk of kidney failure is through prevention, management, education, outreach, and research.

What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
Resources and information on CKD, including causes, tests and diagnosis, prevention and management, and more.

Identify & Manage Patients
Resources and information to help clinicians identify and manage patients with CKD.

CKD Laboratory Working Group
The Laboratory Working Group is focused on ways to review and address the issues related to standardization of urine albumin measurement and reporting, having prepared and published recommendations to standardize and improve creatinine measurement.

CKD Pharmacy Working Group
Explores ways to increase pharmacists' knowledge of CKD so they can participate more effectively with patients living with the disease.

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

Improving Chronic Disease Management with Pieces (ICD-Pieces™)
The goal of ICD-Pieces is to help primary care physicians treat patients in more effective ways to reduce heart problems, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Professional Education
Educational resources to enhance provider knowledge and skills around caring for CKD patients, including communication skills modelling videos and training programs for pharmacists, diabetes educators, and registered dietitians.

Talk with Your Family
Resources to help families discuss kidney disease and keeping kidneys healthy, including a guide for discussing kidney disease at family reunions.

Talk with Your Faith Community
Provides faith-based organizations with tools and materials to discuss kidney health at their programs and events.

Riñones, Tesoros (Kidneys, Treasures) Education Program for Community Health Workers
Program designed to train community health workers to educate Hispanic people at risk for kidney disease about the need for testing and steps they can take to protect their kidneys.

Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD)
The CKiD Study is a NIH-funded, multicenter, prospective cohort study of children aged 6 months to 16 years with mild to moderate impaired kidney function. The primary goals of CKiD are to determine the risk factors for decline in renal function and to define how progressive decline in renal function impacts biomarkers of risk factors for cardiovascular disease; neurocognitive function and behavior; and growth failure and its associated morbidity.

Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC)
The Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study is an observational study that examined risk factors for progression of CKD and cardiovascular disease among people with CKD.

Improving Chronic Disease Management with Pieces (ICD-Pieces™)
The goal of ICD-Pieces is to help primary care physicians treat patients in more effective ways to reduce heart problems, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Preventing Early Renal Loss in Diabetes (PERL)
The PERL Study is a clinical trial designed to test whether the medication allopurinol can prevent or slow down kidney disease in people with type 1 diabetes. 530 people with type 1 diabetes are now participating in PERL. In PERL, kidney function is measured periodically to see if this treatment is effective.

Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) Study
SPRINT is a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health to answer the following question: "Will lower blood pressure reduce the risk of heart and kidney diseases, stroke, or age-related declines in memory and thinking?"  High blood pressure is a leading cause of death and disability in the US and worldwide. Over 60% of people over age 65 have high blood pressure, and the number of people with high blood pressure is increasing.

Content created by Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
Content last reviewed on November 7, 2019