Patient Education Resources

Patients have limited awareness and knowledge about their diagnosis and risk factors. Looking for handouts to reinforce patient education? Click on the links below to access many useful patient education resources.

Online Resources

  • American Association of Kidney Patients – AAKP provides educational information, newsletters, videos, and magazines about chronic kidney disease (CKD). Links to support groups, events, and recipes also are included.
  • ANNA Fact Sheets
  • Kidney School™ – Kidney School™ is a free educational program for patients with CKD stages 3-5. It has several modules (available in English and Spanish) that patients can view online, download an audio version, or print. Professional resources are also available (licensing agreement available online).
  • National Kidney Disease Education Program – This page on the NKDEP website provides information for patients. (Available in English and Spanish.)
  • National Kidney Foundation – This patient information center on the NKF website provides links for peer support, dietary coaching, and education for patients and their families
  • NKF Kidney Quiz - This 10 question interactive quiz provides basic information about CKD and upon completion links the patient to an educational handout about risk of developing CKD.

Educational Handouts

  • American Kidney Fund – This resource provides a variety of brochures and treatment option fact sheets.
  • National Kidney Disease Education Program – This page on the NKDEP website provides numerous handouts for patients about CKD, diet, understanding test results, hypertension, risk factors and much more. (Available in English and Spanish.)

Educational Handouts ~ Specific Topic Areas


Health Literacy Considerations

A patient’s health literacy level should be considered when providing patient education. The readability of some educational material may be at a higher level than the patient is able to understand. Below is a list of resources that may be useful when trying to determine a patient’s health literacy level.


Compiled by ANNA's Advanced Practice Specialty Practice Network 7/15, Updated 11/18