CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES
Clinical Practice Guidelines are recommendations to improve patient outcomes based on a thorough review of the medical research and/or expert opinion. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines were recommendations for patient care written by a panel of experts who review medical studies. The NKF-Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) updated the guidelines for key areas of nephrology, including anemia, hemodialysis adequacy, peritoneal dialysis adequacy, vascular access, heart disease, high blood pressure, bone disease, nutrition, chronic kidney disease, and managing lipid disorders. The goal of the KDOQI clinical practice guidelines is to improve patient outcomes.