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Kidney Community Launches Health Care Campaign to Improve Survival Rates of First-Year Dialysis Patients in Washington, D.C.
Date:6/8/2009

ericans make up just 12 percent of the general population, they account for 30 percent of people with kidney failure.

In Washington, D.C. alone, there were more than 400 new dialysis patients in 2007 and close to 2,000 patients in total on dialysis in 2007, a more than 5 percent increase since 2004.

All too often, the onset of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is gradual and undetected, leaving patients especially vulnerable when the disease is recognized. Helping patients to understand their disease and to manage it appropriately is an essential ingredient to high quality care for newly diagnosed patients and a central component of the PEAK Campaign.

"The kidney care community has achieved considerable and measurable quality improvements in the last decade. The goal of the PEAK Campaign is to help us achieve comparable results in the next decade," said Kent Thiry, KCP Chair. "Our Campaign focuses on patients who are new to dialysis, because these patients are particularly vulnerable. One challenge is to help these patients understand and effectively manage their disease. We also will start a systematic community-wide process of identifying and sharing 'breakthrough' practices that will improve survival rates."

While the survival rate of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients has improved, mortality in the first year of dialysis has remained stable during the last decade. The kidney care community has recognized the need to improve the first-year mortality rate as compared to other industrialized nations.

The PEAK Campaign has garnered support not only from a broad cross-section of the kidney community but also from policymakers.

With recommendations from our research partners, KCP will encourage providers to further improve outcomes for first-year dialysis patients in an effort to extend, even save 10,000 lives.

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