Role of Telehealth in Renal Replacement Therapy Education

“The prevalence of end‐stage renal disease is rising in the United States, which bears high financial and public health burden. The most common modality of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the United States is in‐center hemodialysis. Many patients report lack of comprehensive and timely education about their treatment options, which may preclude them from participating in home‐based dialysis therapies and kidney transplantation evaluation. While RRT education has traditionally been provided in‐person, the rise of telehealth has afforded new opportunities to improve upon the status quo. For example, technology‐augmented RRT education has recently been implemented into telehealth nephrology clinics, informational websites and mobile applications maintained by professional organizations, patient‐driven forums on social media, and multimodality programs. The benefits of technology in RRT education are increased access for geographically isolated and/or medically frail patients, versatility of content delivery, information repetition to enhance knowledge retention, and interpersonal connection for educational content and emotional support. Challenges center around privacy and accuracy of information sharing, in addition to differential access to technology due to age and socioeconomic status. A review of available scholarly and social media resources suggests that technology‐aided delivery of education about treatment options for end‐stage renal disease provides an important alternative and/or supplemental resource for patients and families.”

Malkina A., & Tuot D. S. (2018). Role of Telehealth in Renal Replacement Therapy Education. Seminars in Dialysis, 31(2), 129-134.

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