DaVita Kidney is a comprehensive kidney-specific website with detailed information on each of the 5 stages of chronic kidney disease, including presentation, diagnosis, management, and complications. Most of the diseases that can lead to or are associated with kidney failure are also reviewed. There are detailed sections on normal kidney function, kidney-friendly diets, dialysis, and kidney transplant. The site is recommended for its wealth of materials and tools that answer questions and provide education about chronic kidney disease for patients, caregivers, and their families.
The top ribbon reveals drop-down menus allow for easy browsing of the topics, but for each topic users may need to go through multiple screens to get to specific information. Search features results in a lot of hits, but they appear to be listed by relevancy. Each of the site's tools can be located and used with little effort.
Pages are visually simple, although some pages are cluttered with multiple advertisements.
DaVita provides links to many resources and all the information users could want about renal failure & the diseased that cause it. However, clear posting of references or persons responsible for the content hinder any attempt to assess validity of the information.
As with the concerns about the quality of content, lack of documentation also limits credibility. There is no posting of authors, identification of editors, or evidence of periodic review or updates to assure that the content is completely trustworthy of up to date. There is a lot to learn here, but users should consider consulting other sources to confirm the accuracy of the information.
Offers a well organized variety of unbiased tools and resources for patients with chronic kidney issues
Clearly written informational articles about a comprehensive range of chronic kidney diseases, including in children
Comprehensive diet & nutrition section with recipes, cookbooks, & nutritional information specific to kidney disease
It is difficult to ascertain reliable since specific authors and references are not included with each topic
Some content may not be current since no dates are provided
A lot of content involves how to access the DaVita Healthcare system
Sponsors / Affiliations:
DaVita Kidney Care was founded in 1999 and operates as a subsidiary of DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company
Links to treatment centers & a wide variety of support services, find a nephrologist and dialysis center, helpline, tools to assess risk, level, & treatment of kidney disease, videos, online patient forum