Dialysis Patient Citizens Endorses Kidney Community Campaign to Improve Survival...

Mon Jun 8, 2009 1:31pm EDT

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Dialysis Patient Citizens Endorses Kidney Community Campaign to Improve
Survival Rates of First-Year Dialysis Patients

DPC Pledges Support for Kidney Care Partners "Promoting Excellence and
Accountability in Kidney Care" (PEAK) Program

WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC)
- a national, non-profit, patient-governed organization dedicated to improving
quality of life for all dialysis patients - today endorsed the recently
launched national health care program "Promoting Excellence and Accountability
in Kidney Care" (PEAK) Campaign, established by Kidney Care Partners (KCP). 
Participants in the new voluntary quality improvement campaign have pledged to
reduce mortality among first-year dialysis patients by 20 percent by the end
of 2012, which, if successful, could extend the lives of 10,000 patients.

"DPC remains steadfast in our mission to always look for new ways to improve
the patient experience in dialysis care, and as a member of KCP, we are
pleased to support this important initiative that holds much promise for doing
so," said Chad Lennox, Executive Director of DPC.  "The kidney care community
is already engaged in providing high-quality care and support for patients. 
The Peak Campaign will help dialysis patients better understand their disease
and manage the effects of dialysis on themselves and their families, which
should result in healthier dialysis patients."  

Led by Kidney Care Partners, with support from its research partners as well
as experts in the kidney care community, the PEAK Campaign is expected to
equip health care providers with tools to help first-year dialysis patients
better transition to dialysis and improve their health and survival.

"We have seen through our patient members' experiences that education about
how to manage your kidney disease is vital, and DPC's delivery of important
dietary information, risk assessments and general tips for healthy living to
our members have been particularly valuable to patients just entering
dialysis," said Lennox.  "We wholeheartedly support the provision of more
information and increased emphasis on care during this time of transition for
dialysis patients.  We are optimistic that PEAK will result in a more
empowered, healthier dialysis patient population." 

To learn more about the PEAK initiative, visit www.kidneycarequality.org. 

About Dialysis Patient Citizens
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) is an independent, nationwide, non-profit,
patient-governed dialysis patient organization 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.  DPC
provides comprehensive information on kidney disease treatments, legislative
policies and patient resources at www.dialysispatients.org. 

SOURCE  Dialysis Patient Citizens

Alisann Fatemi, +1-703-887-1493, for Dialysis Patient Citizens
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