Telehealth Applications to Enhance CKD Knowledge and Awareness Among Patients and Providers

Delphine S. Tuot, L. Ebony Boulware

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Abstract

CKD affects 13% of the US adult population, causes excess mortality, and is associated with significant sociodemographic disparities. Optimal CKD management slows progression of disease and reduces cardiovascular-related outcomes. Resources for patients and primary care providers, major stakeholders in preventive CKD care, are critically needed to enhance understanding of the disease and to optimize CKD health, particularly because of the asymptomatic nature of kidney disease. Telehealth is defined as the use of electronic communication and telecommunications technology to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, and public health and health administration. It provides new opportunities to enhance awareness and understanding among these important stakeholders. This review will examine the role of telehealth within existing educational theories, identify telehealth applications that can enhance CKD knowledge and behavior change among patients and primary care providers, and examine the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth vs usual modalities for education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CKD
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Education
  • Telehealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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