Dialysis and Kidney Education Resources

  • The Five-Star Ratings
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services' (CMS) Five-Star rating program was established to make data about dialysis centers easier to understand and use. The star ratings show if a dialysis center provides quality dialysis care—that is, care known to get the best results for most dialysis patients. The ratings range from one to five stars. A center with a five-star rating has quality of care that is considered "much above average" compared to other dialysis centers. A one- or two-star rating does not mean that a patient will receive poor care from a center—it only indicates that measured outcomes were below average compared to those for other dialysis centers.
    DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and is a great resource for patients living with chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
  • is the online resource to help you understand and manage your kidney care.
  • Kidney SmartSM Find a Kidney Smart class to learn from expert educators about how your kidneys function, and ways to manage your diet and health.
  • DaVita Diet Helper Kidney-friendly meals are easy to plan, prepare and track using this online dialysis diet tool.
  • GFR Calculator Measure kidney function by calculating a glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
  • Home Dialysis Central
    This is a one-stop source of support about peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home hemodialysis (HHD).
  • American Association of Kidney Patients
    Association with educational materials for renal patients.
  • Kidney & Urology
    The Kidney & Urology Foundation is dedicated to helping Americans with kidney, urologic and related diseases through research.
  • Life
    This is a program of research, research-based education, and outreach to help people live long and live well with kidney disease.
  • National Kidney FoundationTM The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
  • RenalWEB
    A neutral, nonaffiliated website for the dialysis industry and community, RenalWEB functions as a "daily newspaper" for useful dialysis information.

Transplant Resources

Dialysis Travel Resources

General Resources

  • Global Dialysis
    Global Dialysis has been created as a resource for dialysis patients who want to travel or holiday nationally and internationally.
  • Nephron
    The Nephron Information Center provides information for travellers with a US search engine, dialysis forms, and other travel links.

International Dialysis Resources

  • Asia

    Karnataka Nephrology
    Bangalore, South India. We are a well known dialysis and transplant center in India with an experience of nearly 1,000 transplants. We get people for dialysis from other countries who come here for vacation.

  • Europe

    Chamonix Nephrology Center
    The center is able to deal with all forms of dialysis (hemodialysis, hemodiafiltration, peritoneal dialysis - CAPD) and is operated by experienced and qualified staff, several languages are spoken. Since 1987, the center has cared for many patients - mostly of French origin - but also from various European countries and North America.

    Dialysis Vacations UK
    This is a new service to help people who have to attend kidney dialysis centers in the U.S. plan their vacations to the United Kingdom.

  • South America

    Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Nestled between hills and the ocean, 404 km (251 miles) southwest from the city of Buenos Aires (40 minutes by plane or 5 hours by train or bus) is Mar del Plata.

  • DaVita International

    DaVita® is a dedicated dialysis services provider, now focusing on international partnerships in more than 10 countries.

  • World Kidney Fund
    The World Kidney Fund was established as an international fund by the National Kidney Foundation Singapore to help kidney patients in developing countires who have little or no access to renal healthcare facilities. Through this fund, training programmes are developed to empower non-profit kidney organisations to establish sustainable life-saving kidney healthcare programmes. The World Kidney Fund also aims ro raise global awareness about kidney diesease and transplantation issues, as well as educate the international public on kidney diease preventive methods.