Links & Resources
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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation & Benefits Survey
Academy Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession 2015 (Downloadable) is available, free to Academy members.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library (EAL)
One of the many benefits of your membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the access to the Academy Evidence Analysis Library®. The EAL® is a synthesis of the best, most relevant nutrition research on important dietetic practice questions housed within a website accessible to members and subscribers. RDNs can visit the EAL to review evidence summaries and conclusion statements on a variety of diseases, health conditions, nutrients, and foods.
- Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guideline recommendations (part of the EAL) provide a plan of action for practitioners regarding specific diseases and health conditions. Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines are designed to assist the RDN and patient/client in making decisions about appropriate nutrition care.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII)
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) is an innovative new set of Web based tools that aims to promote efficient and accurate use of the Nutrition Care Process and its terminology. ANDHII allows RDNs to collect and track outcomes data for their individual patients while aggregating that data to answer quality improvement and comparative effectiveness questions. ANDHII is available to members as a free member benefit and will also be available via subscription at a later date.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member Compensation Report
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Online Research Toolkit
A new online Research Toolkit, developed by the Academy's Research Committee and supported in part by RPG is available free of charge to the Academy members. In addition to providing you with essential information on understanding and conducting research, continuing education credits are also available for some topics. The Toolkit consists of eight different topic content areas and includes text that summarizes important learning points, PowerPoint presentations, practice exercises to reinforce learning, and links to nutrition research articles that illustrate content learning objectives.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Information
This site focuses on Public Policy. As experts in food, nutrition and health, members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics work on a broad range of issues to advance the nutritional status of people here and around the world. We focus on seven priority areas: aging, child nutrition, food and food safety, health literacy and nutrition advancement, Medical Nutrition Therapy, nutrition research and monitoring, and weight management for health.
• Scope of Practice Decision Tool
• Case Studies
• Practice Tips
• Consultative Services
Alport Syndrome Foundation
The mission of the Alport Syndrome Foundation, launched in 2007, is to educate and support patients and families that have been affected by this genetic kidney disease with the goal of funding research to find more effective treatment protocols and a cure. The website provides information on Alport Syndrome, medical resources, and a forum where patients can communicate with each other based on their experiences.
American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)
The focus of the AAKP website is to inform patients and family members of the association and the programs that they offer to their members. It provides renal-specific information on patient education, conventions, and newsletters that assists patients in becoming active participants in planning and managing their disease state.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is the largest nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the US. Its main goal is to ensure economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in a coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
The ADA is a nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. It conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, the leading cause of kidney failure, and to improve the lives of everyone affected by the disease.
American Kidney Fund (AKF)
The American Kidney Fund is the nation's #1 source of direct financial assistance to kidney patients, and is a leader in providing education and outreach to those who are at risk for kidney disease. Some AKF Programs include:
Nationwide toll-free HelpLine (866.300.2900)- This connects the public with English- and Spanish-speaking health educators who can answer questions about kidney health, and who can direct callers to appropriate resources in their communities.
Professional education learning opportunities - These include conferences, seminars and online CMEs.
Educational brochure and fact sheet series - Published by AKF, these pieces offer the public valuable information about kidney disease and its major risk factors.
The Minority Intervention and Kidney Education program (MIKE) -An educational program that includes free kidney health screenings and follow-up. Through MIKE, AKF is working to raise awareness of kidney disease risk factors, and to identify people who are at risk for kidney disease so new cases of kidney disease may be prevented.
American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA)
The American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA) is the international affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. AODA provides internationally-focused the Academy members, the Academy members living overseas, and other interested professionals an opportunity to establish professional contacts and obtain continuing education credits. Our members enjoy the same privileges as other Academy affiliates.
American Society of Hypertension (ASH)
ASH is a forum to provide information on research and clinical developments regarding high blood pressure, the second leading cause of kidney failure, and related cardiovascular diseases.
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
The ASN was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit corporation to enhance and assist the study and practice of nephrology, to provide a forum for the promulgation of research, and to meet the professional and continuing education needs of its members.
The ASPN was founded in 1969 to promote optimal care for children with renal disease and to disseminate advances in the clinical practice and basic science of pediatric nephrology.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS is the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the US.
Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Inc. (COTA)
COTA is designed for individuals and families who have children needing transplants and wish to obtain more information regarding financial assistance.
Collection of Focus-Area Standards of Practice/Standards of Professional Performance
• Diabetes Care
• Oncology Nutrition
• Behavioral Health
• Nephrology Nutrition
• Pediatric Nutrition
• Nutrition Support
• Sports Nutrition and Dietetics
• Education of Dietetics Practitioners
• Management of Food and Nutrition Systems
• Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
• Extended Care Settings
• Integrative and Functional Medicine
• Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
• Clinical Nutrition Management
• Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Food and Water Systems
• Adult Weight Management
• Public Health and Community Nutrition
This large dialysis provider website provides excellent educational pages on dialysis, kidney disease, diabetes, diet and nutrition, recipes, and online seminars. There are also online tools for finding a dialysis center, a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) calculator, a discussion forum, and insurance advice.
Definition of Terms
Dialysis at Sea Cruises
Since 1977, this largest provider of dialysis services aboard cruise ships has provided treatment and services to thousands of travelers. Each cruise has a nephrologist and one or more dialysis nurses. Patients can "beep" the shipboard dialysis staff 24 hours a day. Book early for best cabin selection and dialysis treatment time.
Dialysis Patient Citizens
DPC is an independent, nationwide, non-profit, patient-governed dialysis patient organization. We are dedicated to improving dialysis patients' quality of life by developing awareness of dialysis-related issues, advocating for dialysis and pre-dialysis patients, improving the partnership between patients and caregivers, and promoting favorable public policy.
Dietetics Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN)
Any Academy member may join the network for free and does not need to have prior research experience. The DPBRN brings dietetic practitioners and researchers together to answer questions important in our field to improve patient and client outcomes through practice based research. You may join online by placing a check next to “New Enrollment” under “Dietetics Practice Based Research Network” in your “myAcademy profile”.
Organ donation registration page
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The ESRD Networks provide a mechanism to ensure the most efficient use of Medicare dollars for dialysis treatment and kidney transplantation through monitoring quality of care indicators and maintaining data on the ESRD program. These functions are administered at the regional level through the 18 networks, providing direct and immediate access from the treatment provider to CMS.
Gift of Life: Inside Look to Organ Donation
Resources for organ donation. Includes:
Click here to view the resources to learn more about organ donation and how to register.
Global Dialysis is a resource for dialysis patients who want to travel nationally and internationally. Its aim is to collect and provide as much travel information as possible for dialysis patients, including details on nearly 12,000 dialysis facilities in 127 countries.
Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE)
Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE) is a simple-to-use online resource designed to help users design, modify, or compare effective nutrition education programs. GENIE's checklist of quality criteria has been rigorously validated and is based on reliable scientific evidence. Complete with definitions, resource links, and training materials GENIE is designed with tools to help program planners be successful regardless of whether they have professional training or experience in nutrition education. You may access GENIE at sm.eatright.org/GENIE.
Home Dialysis Central
Learn about all the options for home dialysis, including a listing of every center in the US offering this modality of treatment, equipment and new technology, patient profiles, Medicare reimbursement, discussion boards, and how pending laws may affect dialyzing at home.
HDCN is aimed primarily at physicians and nurses who treat patients with renal disease. It provides selected information on renal disorders and their treatment, hypertension, dialysis, and clinical nephrology topics.
International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD)
The Canadian-based ISPD was formed to promote the clinical application and scientific investigation of PD for treating renal failure. Society membership is open to medical, scientific, nursing, nutrition, social work, and business professionals. The society achieves its goals through triennial Congresses and its bi-monthly publication, Peritoneal Dialysis International.
This is the official site of the ISN. It contains information on the ISN’s programs, congresses, officers and commissions, as well as information on their journal, Kidney International, and its contents.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Scope/Standards of Practice
June 2013 Supplement
• Comprehensive Scope/Standards of Practice Resources for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
• Comprehensive Scope/Standards of Practice Resources for the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered
KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines
The Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) is the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) dialysis-specific section of its website, containing clinical practice guidelines and detailed information about dialysis methods.
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA)
KUFA is dedicated to helping the more than 70 million Americans who suffer from the debilitating effects of kidney, urologic, and related diseases, and to promoting ground-breaking research that will result in new and better treatments. This website is filled with information to assist the patient and resources such as emergency grants, scholarships and awards information.
Kidney End-of-Life Coalition
The Kidney End-of-Life Coalition promotes effective interchange between patients, families, caregivers, payers, and providers in support of integrated patient-centered end-of-life care for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.
Kidney Kids, inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to supporting children with kidney diseases and illnesses as well as their families. We are striving to lessen the physical, emotional and financial impacts of living with a kidney disease or illness.
Kidney Options (supported by Fresenius Medical Care)
An educational website supported by Fresenius Medical Care North America for those with kidney disease and their healthcare professionals. It provides information aimed at empowering patients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare. It offers a free Kidney Options package with information patients need to know about kidney disease.
Kidney Patient Guide
The Kidney Patient Guide is a renal website published in the United Kingdom. It includes information on the physical aspects of kidney failure, including how the kidneys function, what happens when they don’t, the treatments available, and the emotional, social, and financial implications of kidney failure. There are also excellent animations for kidney transplants, hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis (PD).
Kidney School is an interactive, web-based learning program in 20-minute modules. It was designed to help people learn what they need to know to understand kidney disease and its treatment, adjust to kidney disease, make good medical choices, and live as fully as possible.
KT/DA is an organization of dialysis and kidney transplant patients, their families and friends, and health professionals. The KT/DA officers are kidney patients. The association is dedicated to providing financial aid, information, and emotional support to chronic renal disease patients and their families.
Learn about the National Quality Strategy as it relates to dietetics
• Module I: Dietitians in Healthcare
• Module II: Impact on RDNs and NDTRs
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Offers basic information about prescription drug coverage, what it is, how you can get it, and why you should get it. Everyone with Medicare can qualify for coverage, which took effect on January 1, 2006.
Provides a search feature to find information on herbs, botanicals and other products.
National Foundation for Transplants (NFT)
This organization’s mission is to provide financial support and assistance for transplant patients and their families. They also provide information about organ donor awareness.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) website contains a wealth of information ranging from health-related issues, clinical trial studies, health education program information, and research funding opportunities and resources.
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
The NKUDIC is an information dissemination service of the NIH’s NIDDK (see entry above). It was established to increase knowledge and understanding about kidney and urologic diseases among patients, their families, healthcare professionals, and the general public.
National Kidney Disease Education Program
NKDEP has copyright-free materials in up to 20 adaptations. The consumer diabetes materials are culturally tailored for high-risk audiences in Spanish and 15 Asian and Pacific Islander languages, and adaptations of these materials have been made for African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives. Free resources are also available for health care professionals. For most publications, commercial, printer-ready CDs are available. To get your free copies, visit www.ndep.nih.gov or call 1-800-438-5383.
CKD Quick Reference Cardfor testing and treating patients at risk for kidney disease
National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
The NKF is a voluntary health organization that seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
National Kidney Registry
Facilitating Living Donor Transplants
The most authoritative resource available on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies.
Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus Foundation (NDIF)
The NDIF is a community website for patients and their families, researchers, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Contains information about NDI, which includes:
- Nutrition guidelines;
- Facts and statistics;
- Research directories; and
- Journal articles
Nephrology Channel (NeC)
NeC is an educational and community-based website for patients, family members, and healthcare professionals to learn more about a variety of conditions related to kidney disease. The site features an MD Locator, which can help find a nephrologist near you and teach you how to carefully choose a physician. It has good interactive features such as the live chat and alternative treatment and nephrology forums.
Nephron Information Center (NIC)
Developed by Steve Fadem, MD, a nephrologist practicing in Texas, NIC is a comprehensive, well-organized, renal-specific site.
Nepro Kidney Club
Free nutritional support program for people on dialysis. The Nepro® Kidney Club helps people on dialysis take it one day, one number, and one meal at a time so health and nutrition goals are easier to reach. Presented by Abbott Nutrition, the Kidney Club helps members learn more about the relationship between nutrition and the ability to do the things they want to do every day. People who sign up for the Kidney Club receive support materials like coupons, recipes, and educational brochures.
NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program
Making the Kidney Connection
Patient education brochure by the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). Brochure discusses tests for kidney disease, risk factors, and steps to protect kidneys.
Help Your Patients Make the Kidney Connection
The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) has developed a Family Reunion Initiative aimed at helping African-American families make the connection between diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease. They created a toolkit to share with renal patients.
NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program: CKD & Nutrition
CKD Nutrition Management Training Program
Series of five training modules that use engaging activities and case studies to prepare registered dietitians (RDs) for counseling patients who have CKD. Each module focuses on a specific area of nutrition management for kidney disease patients, including background information on CKD, slowing the progression of CKD, CKD complications, the CKD "diet," and the transition from CKD to kidney failure. The modules also demonstrate how NKDEP's free resources can be used to counsel patients with CKD. Learn more and download the modules.
NKDEP has developed a suite of materials to help general practice registered dietitians (RDs) provide effective medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to CKD patients who are not on dialysis. These free, downloadable, and reproducible materials are designed to distill key information about CKD and diet for RDs and patients
CRN is an association of renal dietitians that is one of the professional councils of the NKF. The Journal of Renal Nutrition, an every other month peer-reviewed publication, is a member benefit of CRN. The NKF Clinical Meetings are multidisciplinary annual meetings that offer CPEUs for clinical nephrology professionals.
The Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation is a worldwide organization devoted to determining the cause, improving clinical treatment, and discovering a cure for PKD. This is the official site of the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation.
Reducing Sodium in your Diet to Help Control your Blood Pressure
Renal Support Network (RSN)
The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). RSN strives to help patients develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them (and their family members) to take control of the course and management of the disease
Renal Support Network Health Library
A service provided by Renal Support Network. It covers lifestyle and health topics intended for patients with kidney disease and their care-givers and family members. They have a positive themed message throughout the site - Hope - Happiness and Health.
A project of Baxter International, Renalinfo offers information, support and resources for those with kidney failure, including causes, symptoms, tests, ideas for maintaining health, and a comprehensive presentation of treatment choices..
RenalRD is an on-line professional discussion group for those with an interest in renal nutrition and related issues. We anticipate that renal dietitians may be the most frequent subscribers, but welcome all others with interest in nephrology and/or nutrition disorders of the kidney.
Academy Member Compensation Report
Academy Compensation & Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession 2015 (Downloadable) is available, free to Academy members.
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Transplant Program Reports that describe the activity and outcomes at each transplant center in the US.
Sodium and the Dietary Guidelines
Sources of Sodium in your Diet
The Academy's Find an RD
The Academy's Find an RD
The MNT Provider Newsletter
The MNT Provider newsletter is an essential practice management resource for registered dietitians
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Website
Wealth of information on kidney diseases including health information, research, patient materials, funding, publications, news and more
The NephCure Foundation
The NephCure Foundation is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause and cure for two potentially devastating kidney conditions, Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). NephCure is made up of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians and other healthcare professionals joining forces to create awareness and generate funding for research.
Tips to Reduce Sodium
The Role of Sodium in your Food
Tips to Reduce Sodium in Older Adults
Toolkit for Healthcare Professionals: Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Downloadable educational materials specifically for physicians and other healthcare professionals and their staff to learn the basics about Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. It also includes materials to distribute to their Medicare patients. The kit contains reproducible artwork, a letter from the CMS Administrator, a fact sheet (English and Spanish), a brochure, an article, and a list of other resources.
Physicians and other healthcare professionals and their staff, partner organizations, social workers, financial counselors, and discharge planners will find this toolkit a valuable resource to get information to people with Medicare. You may add your logo and business information to these materials and copy freely, if you wish
This site has a wealth of information for transplant recipients, family members and healthcare professionals. Transplant Living is a project of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a nonprofit organization (see entry below) that maintains the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
TransWeb: All About Transplantation and Donation is a nonprofit education site serving the world transplant community. It features news and events, patient experiences, the top 10 myths about donation, a donation quiz, questions and answers, and a reference area.
UKidney.com - Internet School of Nephrology
Provides many educational tools for the study and practice of nephrology, hypertension, and kidney transplantation. This site features essential contributions from members of the University of Toronto's Division of Nephrology. We hope that you will return to this site as an emerging internet school for nephrology education and kidney information.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Brings together medicine, science, public policy and technology to facilitate every organ transplant performed in the United States. UNOS is a nonprofit organization that maintains the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
United States Renal Data System (USRDS)
This is a national data system, which collects, analyzes, and distributes information about EDRD disease in the US. Visit this very informative website to find more information on the incidence and prevalence of ESRD, preventative health care measures, and treatment modalities.
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives:
1. Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and
2. Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.
The Center's core projects to support its objectives are the following:
• Dietary Guidelines for Americans
• USDA Food Guidance System (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid)
• Healthy Eating Index
• U.S. Food Plans
• Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply
• Expenditures on Children by Families
The NDL provides information on the nutrient content of foods. The searchable database is useful in determining calorie, protein, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium information on over 6,200 different foods.
Learn about the Scope of Practice for the RDN and the NDTR
• PRACTITIONER: A Tool for Determining Competence and Advancing Practice
• EDUCATOR: What Educators and Students Need to Know