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Kidney Education and Resources

Support Groups

Download our Virtual Peer Support information sheet.

Regional Support Groups

Virtual Support Groups

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) Discussion Groups

National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Online Community and Helpline

  • Kidney Transplant on HealthUnlocked
    Online community where you can share your experiences, ask questions and get answers that are accurate and up to date. Visit https://healthunlocked.com/nkf-kidneytransplant/about.
  • NKF Cares
    Helpline offering support for people affected by kidney disease. Designed for patients, family members and care partners. Call 1-855-NKF-CARES (855-653-2273) or email nkfcares@kidney.org.
  • NKF Peers
    Speak with a peer mentor who shares your experiences with dialysis, transplant, living kidney donation or COVID-19. Visit https://www.kidney.org/patients/peers to learn more.

 

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Other Resources for Patients

We encourage patients to bring questions about these resources to their health care team.

Health care professionals who use these resources are responsible for evaluating the appropriateness of the content.

  • American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)
    Organization for kidney patients that provides educational material about treatment options and resources.
    http://www.aakp.org
  • American Kidney Fund (AKF)
    Kidney health awareness, education and prevention, along with financial assistance to help low-income dialysis and transplant patients access health care.
    http://www.kidneyfund.org
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
    Infection prevention for dialysis patients, including dialysis access.
    https://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/patient
  • Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit
    Depression toolkit designed by patients for patients with contributions from professional collaborators.
    English | Spanish
  • Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma and Strengthening our Mental Health
    Recording and slides of October 2018 webinar hosted by patient leaders in collaboration with AAKP and NKF.
    https://bit.ly/3jsAByW
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Internet Access Assistance Program
    FCC Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that provides eligible households with a discount on broadband internet services and connected devices.
    https://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/acp-flyer-i.pdf
  • Home Dialysis Central
    Information for kidney patients about all types of treatment options.
    https://www.homedialysis.org
  • Kidney School
    Dialysis-related learning modules for patients and staff.
    https://www.kidneyschool.org
  • My Kidney Life Plan
    Tool to assist patients with selecting a treatment option to fit their lifestyle
    https://mykidneylifeplan.org
  • Medical Education Institute (MEI) Life Options Rehabilitation
    Materials for kidney patients about treatment options, rehabilitation and maintaining an active lifestyle.
    http://www.lifeoptions.org
  • National Coordinating Center (NCC)
    Educational materials for the ESRD community, including new dialysis patients.
    https://esrdncc.org/en/patients
  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
    Information and resources for kidney patients about kidney disease and treatment options
    http://www.kidney.org
  • Renal Support Network (RSN)
    Patient-run organization providing support for patients affected by chronic kidney disease.
    https://www.rsnhope.org