Kidney Patient Guide
Website & Design
About the project
People who suffer from kidney disease do significantly better when they understand their condition. The Kidney Patient Guide is an ongoing experiment in delivering high quality online support and information to people affected by chronic kidney disease. Funded by an award from the Wellcome Trust, and established in 1999 with Dr Peter Rutherford, and healthcare consultants the Balance of Care Group, the site has been maintained by Cogapp on a pro-bono basis ever since.
It serves hundreds of thousands of people whose lives are affected by kidney disease each year. With over 1800 registered users posting an average of 20 posts daily, the Kidney Patient Guide (KPG) has a thriving online community, with a total of nearly 35,000 posts, relating to 4000 topics to date. Its peer to peer sociability has spilled over into a number of real world events. The site is also used and recommended by many professionals in the field and we receive dozens of requests per year from health educators for permission to use the animations in their training materials. In July 2007, KPG was named a key source of information in its sector by NHS Choices. In the summer of 2009, we gave the site a design refresh and significantly improved its navigation.
The Kidney Patient Guide won the Freshest Not for Profit Gold Award at the Fresh Digital Awards in autumn 2009.