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

Kidney health for All

Authors

  • Robyn Langham St. Vincent’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2735-0161
  • Kalantar Kalantar-Zadeh Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8666-0725
  • Ann Bonner School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9920-6743
  • Alessandro Balducci Italian Kidney Foundation, Rome, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7432-1494
  • Li-Li Hsiao Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0830-3391
  • Latha Kumaraswami Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation,The International Federation of Kidney Foundations - World Kidney Alliance (IFKF - WKA), Chennai, India
  • Paul Laffin International Society of Nephrology, Brussels, Belgium https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9230-2473
  • Vassilios Liakopoulos Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, 1st Department of Internal Medicine, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7564-2724
  • Gamal Saadi Nephrology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6280-1685
  • Ekamol Tantisattamo Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0883-6892
  • Ifeoma Ulasi Renal Unit, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7783-3025
  • 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 https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0800-8982

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14456/2022s10501

Keywords:

Educational gap, Empowerment, Health literacy, Health policy, Information technology, Kidney health, Partnership, Prevention, Social media

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 carers, and the community at large. Health literacy isthe 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 policy makers, 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 persons’ 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 policy makers. By engaging in and supporting kidney health–centered policy making, community health planning, and health literacy approaches for all, the kidney communities strive to prevent kidney diseases and enable living well with kidney disease.

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Author Biographies

Robyn 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

Kalantar Kalantar-Zadeh, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, United States

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 Department of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medicine

Latha 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

Professor

Ekamol Tantisattamo, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, United States

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

Professor

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

Policy cycle involving 5 stages of policy development. CKD, chronic kidney disease; KRT, kidney replacement therapy; LGA, local government area.

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Published

2022-08-01

How to Cite

[1]
Langham, R., Kalantar-Zadeh, K., Bonner, A., Balducci, A., Hsiao, L.-L., Kumaraswami, L., Laffin, P., Liakopoulos, V., Saadi, G., Tantisattamo, E., Ulasi, I. and Lui, S.-F. 2022. Kidney Health for All: Bridging the Gap in Kidney Health Education and Literacy: Kidney health for All . Asian Medical Journal and Alternative Medicine. 22, - (Aug. 2022), S74-S88. DOI:https://doi.org/10.14456/2022s10501.