The ABCs of Kidney Disease: Knowledge Retention and Healthcare Involvement

Daphne H. Knicely, Kristina Rinaldi, Shani Snow, Carmen Elena Cervantes, Michael J Choi, Bernard G. Jaar, Sumeska Thavarajah

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Low health literacy in the chronic kidney disease population results in lower rates of pre-dialysis preparation and understanding of management to slow progression. The ABCs of Kidney Disease education class provided education in a more consistent manner outside of routine office visits. We aimed to study whether a structured education program would increase kidney disease-specific knowledge and healthcare involvement. Knowledge retention at least 6 months after the class assessed by the Kidney Disease Knowledge Surveys (KiKS) and healthcare involvement based on surveys sent to referring providers were found to have increased. Incorporation of a structured education program would be important for providers to improve long-term knowledge and lead to greater healthcare involvement. Providing an education class outside of the routine office visits will provide a greater impact on health literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • clinician–patient relationship
  • patient education
  • patient engagement
  • patient feedback

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)


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