New Free Continuing Ed Course from American Kidney Fund Focuses on Helping Dialysis Patients Manage Phosphorus


ROCKVILLE, Maryland (May 2, 2017)—A new free online continuing education course from the American Kidney Fund (AKF), “Managing Hyperphosphatemia,” is designed to help renal dietitians and allied health professionals understand the challenges of keeping serum phosphorus under control. The course also covers effective tools and strategies that can help patients better manage their phosphorous intake.

In patients with advanced chronic kidney disease, rates of hyperphosphatemia are extremely high—at least 70 percent of these individuals have the condition—and almost all dialysis patients experience hyperphosphatemia at some time. Because hyperphosphatemia is associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and vascular calcification, managing the condition is a crucial component of treating advanced kidney disease.

In developing this course, AKF conducted a focus group with renal dietitians to better understand the difficulties their patients face in managing phosphorous in their diets. Information gathered in the focus group is also being used to develop educational materials for patients. The focus groups and course development were made possible by support from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals through an unrestricted medical education grant.

“We hear from patients and professionals alike the special challenges that kidney patients face in following their prescribed diets,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Our dietitian-focused initiatives, beginning with this new course, aim to give renal professionals and patients knowledge and tools that can help improve patients’ health. We are grateful for the generous support of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals that kick-started this effort.”

“Managing Hyperphosphatemia” is accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.

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