In the last year, the Italian National Health Service as a whole and the Nephrology community have been severely challenged by the pandemic. It has been a dramatic stress test for the entire healthcare system, not only in Italy but worldwide. The general organization of our Nephrology units and our models of care were put under extreme pressure, and we had to quickly adopt unprecedented clinical practice recommendations and organizational models to overcome the impasse caused by the pandemic. The time has come to evaluate these new experiences, ask how we could have been better prepared and look for change. In this editorial, we outline a few proposals and suggestions for the future, weighing the information gathered in the 2018 Nephrology Census against the new organizational requirements imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: Nephrology Census, National Health Service, new organizational requirements, COVID-19 pandemic