Patient education

AAKP's My Health
Sign up free to track your own lab test records with this confidential self-management tool.
African American Health Matters Interview
Ed and Pat Sanders interview Dori Schatell, Executive Director of the non-profit Medical Education Institute, Inc., about the importance of kidney disease screening particularly for the African-American community, who are at higher risk for kidney failure.
DaVita Diet Helper
Makes it easier to plan kidney-friendly meals and prepare and track using this online dialysis-diet tool.
Dialysis Safety Checklist Tools for Home Dialysis
Use these helpful checklists as a simple reference tool for home hemodialysis. They are a great resource during for infection prevention or as a reminder of recommended practices.
Enrolling in Medicare
Read about enrolling in Medicare if you have kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant.
Home Hemodialysis Safety: A Patient Guide
This pamphlet from the Healthcare Technology Foundation explains the risks of home dialysis and how you and your caregiver can learn to operate the home dialysis equipment as safely as possible. Available in English and Spanish.
In Touch Newsletter
Download In Touch newsletters about aspects of day-to-day life with PD, provided by Baxter.
  • Travel
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  • Employment and PD: A Perfect Relationship
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  • Education and PD
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  • Diet: Taking Control with PD
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  • Partner & Family Support
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  • It's Your Life: A Practical Handbook for Chronic Ailments
    Read online or download free copies of It's Your Life: A Practical Handbook for Chronic Ailments and The Caregiver's Manual, each based on over 13 years' experience as a primary caregiver.
    Kidney Health Australia
    Check out Kidney Health Australia for dialysis blogs, "Wee Week," and more.
    Kidney School™
    A free interactive online kidney learning center offered by the Medical Education Institute, Inc., and sponsored by an exclusive unrestricted educational grant from Fresenius Medical Care North America. Covers 16 topics including Coping, Diet, Vascular Access, and more.
    Lab Tests Online
    A noncommerical, patient-centered resource for informaton on lab tests used in screening, diagnosing, and monitoring kidney disease.
    Original Home Dialysis Central articles covering a wide array of topics dealing with dialysis.
    My Med Schedule®
    A great medication reminder and it is free! Your personal medication chart clearly shows the times you should take each medicine or supplement, and how much to take. There are even images of your pills so there is no confusion.
    Nocturnal Home Haemodialysis
    Learn how dialysis works and the benefits of nocturnal home hemo from an Australian website operated by Dr. John Agar.
    Offers information about hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, including how they work and how to cope with changes in life style, travel, exercise, family, and friends.
    Renal Resource Centre, Sydney, Australia
    Download free informational booklets and brochures.
    Truth About Dialysis
    A campaign launched by DaVita to help patients and health care professionals find out the truth about home dialysis.
    UK National Kidney Federation
    The only UK charity run by kidney patients for kidney patients. Its aim is to promote, throughout the United Kingdom, the welfare of people suffering from kidney disease or renal failure and those relatives and friends who care for them.
    Understanding Your Hemodialysis Options
    This 16-page brochure from the AAKP provides a description of hemodialysis as well as an in-depth explanation of the available hemodialysis treatments, including conventional, short daily, and nocturnal.
    Understanding Your Peritoneal Dialysis Options
    A 16-page brochure by the AAKP that provides an explanation of peritoneal dialysis for those who may be approaching dialysis or current dialysis patients interested in changing their current treatment.
    U.S. National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
    The U.S. National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) offers free kidney disease info.