NKF Spring Clinical Meeting Preview: Pragmatic Care in CKD and Dialysis


Care of the patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is multi-faceted and requires attention to a number of parameters in order to improve the current unacceptably high morbidity and mortality in the U.S. population.

Traditionally, most nephrologists in the U.S. have concentrated on a select few parameters in their treatments of patients with ESRD: the dose of dialysis, anemia management and abnormalities of mineral metabolism. Such a narrow focus has resulted in only a minimal improvement in these patients’ outcomes—monitored either as hospitalization (days/years) or as mortality—which remains one of the highest in the world.

The program directors of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2013 Clinical Meeting, which will take place in Orlando, Fla., on April 3 to 6, have chosen to highlight other areas that nephrologists and other health care professionals need to focus on in their care of these patients. In several studies, improvements in these additional focus areas have been shown to improve the outcomes of ESRD patients. Furthermore, these additional focus areas do not require cumbersome tests to diagnose or complex therapies to treat effectively. During this session, the following three specific topics will be discussed.

About the National Kidney Foundation 2013 Spring Clinical Meeting

The National Kidney Foundation’s 2013 Spring Clinical Meeting, to be held April 2-6 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, presents a unique opportunity for busy renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology. It is designed for kidney doctors in the private sector and academia, fellows and residents with a special interest in kidney disease, general internists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians, social workers, and renal and clinical dietitians. There is also a special workshop geared for primary care physicians. Here’s a fast look at some of the sessions you won’t want to miss. https://www.youtube.com watch?v=C1D2NrK_6bA

The meeting will present the latest insights into chronic kidney disease care (CKD). Participants will learn about new and evolving concepts related to kidney disease through a carefully designed combination of interesting courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia and insightful debates incorporating the latest developments in clinical nephrology. For more information visit www.nkfclinicalmeetings.org

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