Patient and Family Resources
The following Web sites may be helpful for additional information about dialysis and kidney transplantation:
The National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is a voluntary health organization that seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
Donate Life California
This site allows you to sign up online to be an organ and tissue donor in California. It also provides factual information about organ donation.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Contracted by the federal government, UNOS administers the waiting list for deceased donor organs, as well as collects outcomes data from transplant centers.
OneLegacy is the nonprofit, federally designated transplant donor network serving 18 million people in seven Southern California counties.
MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine)
Trusted healthcare information brought to you by federal agencies. Includes a health encyclopedia and access to a database of medical journal articles.
Search Kidney Transplant information in English or Spanish.
Locates dialysis centers anywhere in the US
The Nephron Information Center
This website contains information for patients and dialysis professionals, including a "dialysis finder" page to locate centers with specific modalities of dialysis and the "Dialysis Patient's Health Guide." There is also a Virtual Dialysis link
A program of research, education, and outreach to help people live long and live well with kidney disease.
An interactive, web-based kidney learning center with 30-minute modules.
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)
This organization exists to serve the needs, interests and welfare of all kidney patients and their families. Its mission is to improve the lives of fellow kidney patients and their families by helping them to deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease.
The Renal Support Network (RSN)
This is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization providing non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease.
The American Kidney Fund
This group provides direct financial assistance to kidney patients in need and education for those with and at risk for kidney disease.