Patient Handbooks

The handbook produced by The Kidney Foundation of Canada is an important resource for Canadians living with kidney disease and their loved ones. The newly-revised and updated 5th edition has been divided into two books:

  • Book one, Living with Reduced Kidney Function, is intended for people whose primary care providers or nephrologists have identified kidney damage with either normal or reduced kidney function. It provides information on how kidneys work, and focuses on delaying the worsening of kidney function and preventing end-stage kidney disease through lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and medication management.

  • Book Two, Living with Kidney Failure, is intended for patients with progressive kidney disease who need more information about treatment options. It provides information on dialysis, transplant, and conservative care. It also covers advance care planning and practical matters such as working, finance and insurance.

To order

The handbook is provided free of charge by the Foundation to all newly-diagnosed kidney patients across the country and is typically distributed to patients through healthcare professionals working in renal units.  It is also available through your local Kidney Foundation of Canada branch office.

Other interested persons may obtain print copies of these handbooks for $20.00 each, plus shipping and handling. To order print copies, please send an e-mail request to, and specify the language and quantity desired. Please also indicate your full name, address and phone number.

Other languages and formats

Other languages

The previous edition remains available in Chinese, Italian, and Punjabi. 

Download the Chinese version (.pdf)
Download the Punjabi version (.pdf)
 Download the Italian version (.pdf)


A video version of the previous edition, featuring interviews with kidney patients, is available on our YouTube channel as well as in VHS and DVD format in English, French, Chinese and Punjabi.


An audio version of the previous edition is available in English and French for the visually impaired.




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