Patients Living Longer on Dialysis

Advocacy in Action

By Kerry Willis, PhD, NKF Chief Scientific Officer

Over 450,000 Americans with kidney failure depend on dialysis to stay alive, and since 1999 survival rates have continued to increase among this highly vulnerable population, as summarized in the United States Renal Data System 2014 Annual Data Report (USRDS 2014 ADR).[i] This is a significant achievement made possible through the ongoing collaborative efforts of healthcare professionals, academics and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), who work together to make improvements in the care of individuals living with kidney failure.

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