Kidney Disease Education

Education is critical in helping patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) understand their condition and better manage their health. CKD education can be associated with:

  • Improved preparedness for transition to dialysis or transplant
  • Selection of home dialysis modalities more frequently1
  • Fewer tunneled hemodialysis catheters2
  • Increased patient engagement, leading to improved clinical outcomes and reduced morbidity and mortality
  • Better patient and caregiver satisfaction3

CKD education often helps address the following challenges, which may contribute to an annualized mortality rate of 40 percent during the first few months of dialysis:4, 5

  • Anxiety, which can reduce patient adherence to nephrologist follow-up appointments
  • Inadequate knowledge of the benefits of the alternatives of peritoneal or home hemodialysis
  • High catheter rates for incident patients

Kidney Smart®: CKD Education for Improved Results

Kidney Smart is a comprehensive kidney disease education program designed to complement an existing office-based education and patient-care model. Expert educators provide a balanced curriculum of group discussions, videos, handouts and one-on-one support. These classes can provide patients with a better understanding of their kidney disease and a foundation for more in-depth conversations with their care teams.

Kidney Smart classes help streamline a practice’s resources and are designed to work seamlessly with a physician’s current educational efforts. Kidney Smart offers patients the quality kidney disease education they deserve to help improve their health, well-being and quality of life.Patients educated through Kidney Smart tend to be more prepared to transition to dialysis than others6 and may experience the following benefits:

  • 1.5x more planned starts on dialysis7
  • 2x more ideal accesses and 22 percent fewer central venous catheters in place or in use at the start of dialysis8
  • 1.5x more likely to be employed at the start of dialysis9
  • 6x more likely to start on a home modality10

Learn more about how Kidney Smart can supplement an existing education program.

1 Rachel L. Sturdivant, MD, Ruth C. Campbell, MD, MSPH, Michael E. Ullian, MD. Education in CKD—Learning in the 21st Century.
2Eduardo Lacson Jr, MD, MPH, Weiling Wang, MS, Cari DeVries, Keith Leste, MA, Raymond M. Hakim, MD, PhD, Michael Lazarus, MD, Joseph Pulliam, MD. Effects of a Nationwide Predialysis Educational Program on Modality Choice, Vascular Access, and Patient Outcome.
3Allan J. Collins, Robert N. Foley, David T. Gilbertson, Shu-Chen Chen. The State of Chronic Kidney Disease, ESRD, and Morbidity and Mortality in the First Year of Dialysis.
4 2014 USRDS Annual Data Report.
5 Rajnish Mehrotra, MD. Bridging the Care Gap Around Dialysis Initiation: Is CKD Education Part of the Solution?
6 Data represents early stage results of Kidney Smart class attendee data. Clinical metrics based on day 1 (first DaVita Tx given) from Aug 2014-July 2015 by the national Kidney Smart team.
7 New to dialysis patients with a difference between their FDODE & FDODD of 0, 1, or 2 days.
8 New to dialysis in-center patients who have an ideal access in place or in use on the day of the first DaVita treatment.
9 Patients who were either employed part-time or full-time at start of dialysis (based on DaVita 2728 Data from January 2014-June 2015).
10 New to dialysis patients who utilize a home dialysis modality on the day of the first DaVita treatment.

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