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Renal Physicians Association Research and Education Foundation 

Improving Renal Care through Health Services Research and Education

The Renal Physicians Association Research and Education Foundation (RPA/REF) was established in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation to provide research and educational support for the renal physician. RPA/REF’s efforts are directed toward improving the practice of nephrology and quality of care to patients with Kidney disease. 

Through the RPA/REF scholarships are awarded to renal fellows and early career nephrologists to enable them to participate in RPA educational programs. Additional RPA/REF activities have included co-sponsorship with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) of an annual meeting, sponsorship of audio-conferences and the development of clinical practice guidelines.  

RPA/REF published its first clinical practice guideline, “Adequacy of Hemodialysis,” in 1993. A consumer guide and quick reference guide for clinicians accompanied the guideline, which has been broadly disseminated. This was the first evidence-based clinical practice guideline developed for the nephrology specialty. 

In 1991 RPA/REF established a post-graduate fellowship in health services research. Three fellows received funding to study the application of case-mix measurements to dialysis populations and vascular access related morbidity.

Each of these activities has required support from private donations and industry grants. 

If you are interested in learning more about the foundation, please email

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