Background: Given the public health challenge represented by chronic kidney disease, the Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN) promoted a census of the renal and dialysis units to analyze structural and human resources, organizational aspects, activities and workload, referring to the year 2018. Methods: An on-line questionnaire including 60 questions, exploring structural and human resources, organizational aspects, activities and epidemiological data referred to 2018, was sent to the heads of all identified Italian renal or dialysis unit. Results: 567 renal units were identified, 3.3 public and full renal unit pmp. The nephrology beds are about 37.6 pmp. The nurses were 8,130 in HD wards, 1,827 in the nephrology wards, only 432 for outpatient clinics. Conclusions: Data from this census may be used for benchmarking and comparison between centers, regions and groups of regions. These data offer a snapshot of the clinical management of renal disease in Italy.
Keywords: census, nephrology unit, organization, workforce, workload