NEW YORK—Kidney Disease:Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), an international organization created to develop clinical practice guidelines for improving the care of kidney patients worldwide, will transition to independent management, its board and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) jointly announced today.
Governed by its own board of 50 prominent kidney experts, KDIGO has been managed by the U.S. NKF since its inception in 2004. To date, KDIGO has published five guidelines in prestigious journals with three more awaiting publication.
The transition to independent management will be completed by Oct. 1, 2012 and ultimately, KDIGO will become a standalone not-for-profit entity. KDIGO is incorporated in Brussels and will maintain its headquarters there going forward.
“The NKF has been and will always be KDIGO’s founding sponsor and has the gratitude of its Board, volunteers and the patients helped by these critically important guidelines,” said Bertram Kasiske, MD, professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and KDIGO co-chair. “We believe that the time is right for KDIGO to assume responsibility for its own guideline development processes and management.”
“NKF’s experience in evidence-based guideline development and implementation has been invaluable in building the effective global organization that KDIGO has become. However, true independence has always been our goal. As well as realizing that goal this October, we will also begin a new phase of guideline development” said David Wheeler, MD, Reader in Nephrology at University College London and KDIGO co-chair.