The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) 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. To accomplish these goals, AAKP engages in a variety of educational and supportive programs designed:
* to assist patients both to learn more about their disease and to become active participants in planning and managing their treatment;
* to improve patient understanding of and access to rehabilitation;
* to work together for the improvement of public programs that help kidney patients meet their financial and personal needs;
to reflect the views and concerns of patients to public policy makers and others in the renal community; and
* to provide a lifeline for patients in need of emotional support and reassurance that only other patients can provide.