Examining patient’s knowledge about chronic kidney disease in a primary health care setting

Wembenyui, Colette Funyui, Bonner, Ann, & Douglas, Clint (2016) Examining patient’s knowledge about chronic kidney disease in a primary health care setting. In Renal Society of Australasia 44th Annual Conference, 20-22 June 2016, Gold Coast, Qld.

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Knowledge about chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an important factor in self-management. However, people with CKD often lack adequate levels knowledge relating to their disease. In addition, there are only a few suitable instruments that measure kidney disease - specific knowledge in this population.


To measure the levels of kidney disease knowledge in an Australian population with CKD.


A cross-sectional study was conducted at a General Practice during 2015 recruiting 78 individuals with CKD stages 1 - 4 who completed the self-report Kidney Knowledge Survey (KiKS; 28-items; maximum score = 28). Demographic and renal clinical characteristic were also collected.


Participants were mostly male (51.3%) with a mean age of 67 years (range 31-88 years), and the majority had CKD stage 3 (n = 51, 65.4%). Most participants had completed 12 years of schooling (42.3%) and most were retired (64.1%). KiKS scores ranged from 6 to 25 (mean 17.4 SD ± 4.4) and there was no differences between men and women. However, men had larger range of scores. Overall 2 items were most frequently answered correctly (87.2%), whether CKD increases a person’s chance of a heart attack, and death from any cause. Only 10.3% knew why too much protein in the urine was not good for the kidney.


People attending primary care services have limited knowledge about CKD. The use of practice nurses to provide focused CKD education to patients improves self-management behaviours particularly in the earlier stages of CKD.

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ID Code: 96415
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Chronic Kidney Disease, Primary Health Care
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 22:40
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 22:40

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