Background: Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Thirty million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 3 adults with diabetes has chronic kidney disease (CKD). While the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) curriculum cites CKD risk within one of its eight core content areas, increasing rates of kidney failure among diabetics warrants more robust content devoted to diabetes’ association with CKD.

Methods: From October 2017-April 2019, TMF Health Quality Institute recruited clinical and peer educators in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Texas to complete the American Kidney Fund (AKF) Kidney Health Coach (KHC) online training as a means of equipping them with content and strategies to incorporate into DSMES or stand-alone CKD education sessions for Medicare beneficiaries at risk for CKD. Upon completing KHC, three CKD education delivery methods were piloted: 1) in-person educator-led 2) recorded video shown in class 3) video on-demand. The effectiveness of each method was determined by assessing participant knowledge and comprehension using the AKF Kidney Health Education Session pre/post-test.

Results: 615 educators became KHCs and delivered CKD education to a total of 2,250 individuals. Pre/post test scores indicated collective effectiveness among the three delivery methods in increasing understanding of the relationship between CKD and diabetes (relative improvement rate (RIR)= 36.5%). In-person CKD education showed most effective in increasing knowledge gain (RIR=38.8%), compared to the recorded video shown in class (RIR=25.3%) and on-demand video (RIR=18.7%) methods.

Conclusion: This study supports the expansion of KHC integration into DSMES, as educating people with diabetes on CKD prevention is critical to reducing the burden of CKD and improving health outcomes, and that an educator-led presentation modality was most effective in improving understanding of CKD.


P. Prithivathi: None. M. Spigler: None. M. Paris: None. M. Alawode: None. M. Bello: None. U. Fatima: None.


Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (HHSM-500-2014-QIN0051)

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