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A Survey of Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Reporting Practices of Clinical Laboratories.

Summary: In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Start Printed Page 4152for the opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: A Survey of Estimated GFR Reporting Practices of Clinical Laboratories: Type of Information Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: This study will assess the level of U.S. clinical laboratory reporting of estimated GFR as a measure of kidney function. This will be accomplished through baseline and follow-up surveys of a representative sample of clinical laboratories in the U.S. Information will be used to establish baseline data necessary to measure an anticipated increased in use of estimated GFR, following the implementation of the NKDEP's communications and Lab Working Group (LWG) activities promoting use of estimated GFR for patients at risk for kidney disease. The LWG, whose members are experts in their field, strongly believes that routine reporting of estimated GFR will result in a significant increase in early detection of chronic kidney disease, therefore enabling treatment that can slow or prevent patients' progression to kidney failure. Frequency of Response: Baseline survey only. Affected Public: Clinical laboratory community. Type of Respondents: Laboratory directors. The annual reporting burden is as follow: Estimated Number of Respondents: Anticipate 4,126 completed surveys; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: Respondents will complete one paper-and-pencil or online survey; Average Burden Hours Per Response: .083 hours [5 minutes]; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 342.46 hours. The annualized total cost to respondents is estimated at $11,759.10. (Note: Completing this survey is similar to other data reporting carried out by lab directors. Since lab directors will be able to responded to the survey within their usual workday, this collection of information will not cost labs.employers additional time and money.) There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

Type of respondentsEstimated number of respondentsEstimated number of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseAnnual total burden hours requested
Clinical Laboratory Directors4,1261.0.083342.46
Total4,1261.0.083342.46

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to responded, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

For Further Information Contact: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Elisa Gladstone, MPH, Project Officer, Associate Director, National Kidney Disease Education Program, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Center Dr., Room 9A06, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll free number (301) 435-8116 or e-mail your request, including your address to, gladstonee@niddk.nih.gov.

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: January 17, 2006.

Elisa H. Gladstone,

MPH, Project Officer, Associate Director, National Kidney Disease Education Program, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 06-704 Filed 1-24-06; 8:45 am]

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