Kidney knowledge survey: A validation study in Vietnamese language

Nguyen, Thi Nguyet, Douglas, Clint, & Bonner, Ann (2016) Kidney knowledge survey: A validation study in Vietnamese language. In Renal Society of Australasia 44th Annual Conference, 20-22 June 2016, Gold Coast, Qld.

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Globally chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major problem and in Vietnam it is increasing rapidly. Improving patient knowledge assists in slowing the progression of CKD. However, there is a lack of a valid and reliable instrument in Vietnamese language to measure patient knowledge.


To evaluate the reliability and validity of the kidney disease knowledge survey (KiKS) in Vietnamese language.


Following a recognised and robust translation process, the KiKS was translated from English into Vietnamese (V.KiKS). The V.KiKS is a 28-item self-report instrument measuring knowledge about preserving kidney function, treatment options, and common signs and symptoms of CKD. Maximum score is 28. The V.KiKS was subjected to a test- retest study involving patients with CKD recruited from a renal department in Vietnam.


Initially 158 participants completed the V.KiKS. Most were women (51.3%), between 20- 39 years of age (40.5%) with CKD stage 5 (68.3%). The mean knowledge score was 17.7 (SD ± 2.61) with most not knowing types of medications to avoid, what “eGFR” means, and symptoms associated with CKD. Instrument reliability was acceptable (Kuder- Richardson-20 = 0.58). Re-testing (two weeks later) involved 33% of the same participants (n=52) revealing good reliability of the instrument (intraclass correlation coefficient=0.82), and a significant relationship between testing times (p< .01).


Vietnamese patients had low levels of knowledge about CKD. The V.KiKS is quick and simple for patients to complete. The instrument could be used by clinicians and researchers to evaluate patient’s knowledge particularly prior to and following CKD education programs.

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ID Code: 96389
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Knowledge Survey, KiKS
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2016 22:30
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 22:31

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