New AAKP Brochure Aims to Raise Awareness about a Common Kidney Issue

New AAKP Brochure Aims to Raise Awareness about a Common Kidney Issue

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) has released a new brochure in its “Understanding” series—Understanding What It Means to Have Protein in Your Urine.

The AAKP “Understanding” series is part of an overall effort by AAKP to help patients get a better understanding of kidney disease and take an active part in their health care. The new brochure discusses a common condition in kidney disease—proteinuria—was designed for and by kidney patients. The brochure provides an overview of proteinuria and answers questions patients may have about the condition.

Proteinuria is a condition in which there is a large amount of protein in the urine. People who have diabetes, hypertension or certain family backgrounds are at risk for the condition. The brochure is intended to help educate kidney patients about treatment options and hopefully raise awareness about kidney disease and its many comorbidities. Supporting in this effort is Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals which provided funding for the development of this educational brochure.

“Providing patients and the public with reliable and understandable information is essential to our mission. One of our goals is to improve access to quality health care information so that patients can take active roles in their health care decisions,” stated AAKP Executive Director Gary Green.

The Understanding What It Means to Have Protein in Your Urine brochure is available for FREE by downloading it from the AAKP website at www.aakp.org/education/brochures.html . A hard copy of the brochure is also available for $1.50 online or by calling 1-800-749-2257 ext. 3.

AAKP is continuing its focus on patient health at its 2015 National Patient Meeting to be held in Nashville, Tennessee September 25-27, 2015. The National Patient Meeting will feature health care and policy experts discussing topics including expansion of living kidney donation, new treatment methods, advances in medical technology and pharmaceuticals, efforts to keep kidney patients fully employed as well as training on social media activism. For more information on the 2015 AAKP National Patient Meeting, as well as sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please contact Diana Clynes, AAKP’s Director of Programs & Services atdclynes@aakp.org or call 813-400-2391.

AAKP is a voluntary non-profit organization founded by kidney patients, which for more than 45 years, has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities. The programs offered by AAKP inform and inspire patients and their families to better understand their condition, adjust more readily to their circumstances, and assume more normal, productive lives in their communities.