Kidney Health for All: Bridging the Gap in Kidney Health Education and Literacy

Authors

  • Robyn G. Langham St. Vincent’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author
  • Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, USA Author
  • Ann Bonner School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia Author
  • Alessandro Balducci Italian Kidney Foundation, Rome, Italy Author
  • Li-Li Hsiao Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Author
  • Latha A. Kumaraswami Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation, The International Federation of Kidney Foundations - World Kidney Alliance (IFKF - WKA), Chennai, India Author
  • Paul Laffin International Society of Nephrology, Brussels, Belgium Author
  • Vassilios Liakopoulos Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, 1st Department of Internal Medicine, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece Author
  • Gamal Saadi Nephrology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt Author
  • Ekamol Tantisattamo Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, USA Author
  • Ifeoma Ulasi Renal Unit, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria Author
  • Siu-Fai Lui International Federation of Kidney Foundations – World Kidney Alliance, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China Author
  • for the World Kidney Day Joint Steering The World Kidney Day Joint Steering Committee is listed in the Appendix Author

Abstract

The high burden of kidney disease, global disparities in kidney care and poor outcomes of kidney failure bring a concomitant growing burden to persons affected, their families and caregivers and the community at large. Health literacy is the degree to which persons and organizations have or equitably enable individuals to have the ability to find, understand and use information and services to make informed health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. Rather than viewing health literacy as a patient deficit, improving health literacy largely rests with health care providers communicating and educating effectively in codesigned partnership with those with kidney disease. For kidney policymakers, health literacy provides the imperative to shift organizations to a culture that places the person at the center of health care. The growing capability of and access to technology provides new opportunities to enhance education and awareness of kidney disease for all stakeholders. Advances in telecommunication, including social media platforms, can be leveraged to enhance individuals’ and providers’ education; The World Kidney Day declares 2022 as the year of “Kidney Health for All” to promote global teamwork in advancing strategies in bridging the gap in kidney health education and literacy. Kidney organizations should work toward shifting the patient-deficit health literacy narrative to that of being the responsibility of health care providers and health policymakers. By engaging in and supporting kidney health-centered policymaking, community health planning and health literacy approaches for all, the kidney communities strive to prevent kidney diseases and enable living well with kidney disease.

 

DOI: 10.52547/ijkd.7040

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Author Biographies

  • Robyn G. Langham, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    St. Vincent’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne

     

    Professor

  • Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, USA

    Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine

     

    Professor

  • Ann Bonner, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University

    Professor

  • Alessandro Balducci, Italian Kidney Foundation, Rome, Italy

    Italian Kidney Foundation

    Professor

  • Li-Li Hsiao, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medicine

     

  • Latha A. Kumaraswami, Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation, The International Federation of Kidney Foundations - World Kidney Alliance (IFKF - WKA), Chennai, India

    Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation,The International Federation of Kidney Foundations - World Kidney Alliance (IFKF - WKA)

  • Paul Laffin, International Society of Nephrology, Brussels, Belgium

    International Society of Nephrology

  • Vassilios Liakopoulos, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, 1st Department of Internal Medicine, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, 1st Department of Internal Medicine, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Associate Professor of Nephrology

  • Gamal Saadi, Nephrology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
    Nephrology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University
  • Ekamol Tantisattamo, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, USA

    Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine

    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

  • Ifeoma Ulasi, Renal Unit, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria
    Renal Unit, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria
  • Siu-Fai Lui, International Federation of Kidney Foundations – World Kidney Alliance, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    International Federation of Kidney Foundations – World Kidney Alliance, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Professor

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2022-04-29

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Kidney Health for All: Bridging the Gap in Kidney Health Education and Literacy. (2022). Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases, 16(2), 69-78. https://www.ijkd.org/index.php/ijkd/article/view/7040

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