SIN-Nephrology
Italian Society of Nephrology


released: 1 July 2015
last updated: 1 July 2015



How this list was created:

To identify the five practices at greatest risk of inappropriateness, a special commission was set up by the board of the Italian Society of Nephrology, directed by Dr. Alessandro Amore. With the active cooperation of the other board members (and Dr. Sandro Feriozzi in particular), the commission drew up a list of 22 practices at risk of inappropriateness. These practices were then posted on the Society’s website and submitted to a vote, and the five potentially inappropriate practices most often voted in absolute terms (the outcome of a democratic vote by all 289 active members of the Italian Society of Nephrology) were identified as the five focus points for publication on the Slow Medicine website.

About this society:

The SIN (Italian Society of Nephrology) was founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit society with no political leanings, and it now has nearly 2000 members. The numerous goals of the SIN are educational (through conferences and remote learning schemes), constitutional, legislative (relations with public health authorities, ministries and local health authorities), aiming for an ever more appropriate, measured and respectful approach to nephrology. The Society publishes two journals, one national and one international, with an impact factor of around 2. It draws up guidelines for many medical conditions in the sphere of nephrology and dialysis. It has recently signed agreements with various other scientific societies, such as the SIF (Italian Society of Pharmacology), with a view to preparing a document on the practical management of patients with kidney transplants at peripheral centers. It recently joined two important campaigns, Slow Medicine and “Aderisco perché” (Why I Take Part), for educating patients with kidney transplants and ensuring close cooperation on the use of immunosuppressants by individuals with transplants.