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.
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