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Abstract: SA-PO927

Talking Animated Videos to Educate Patients with Kidney Disease

Session Information

  • Educational Research
    November 04, 2017 | Location: Hall H, Morial Convention Center
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Category: Nephrology Education

  • 1301 Educational Research


  • Slater, Jonathan, None, Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States

Improved patient understanding of their disease state promotes engagement and facilitates partnership and shared decision making. Digital Health education utilizing animated videos (AV) are gradually being incorporated into EMRs ( e.g. EMMI, EPOCH, etc.) to help fill this need; however, there is very limited data on their effectiveness in educating both low and high healthcare literate patients.
Kidneyman (KM) had its beginngs 7 years ago with a mission for patient education. It has now created a library of AV for patient kidney education. This study provides a preliminary assessment of the efffectiveness of these AV in educating different sub-populations.


The following AVs from the library of KM were used for this study: Understandig Chronic Kidney Disease (A) and Treamnt Options for patients with ESRD (B). The AVs, which are 5-7 minutes in length, were shown to different sub-population incuding: high-schoolers heath class ; attendees to communty outreach Kidney Program and indivdual patients being seen in Nephrologists outpatient office. Viewers of the videos were given the same specific questionaire, designed for that particluar AV, before and after watching the videos and the results were culminated and analyzed.
Videos can be watched by going to


The results for the Outreach to the Community participants for Video B, the high-schoolers for Video A and B as well as the office patients for both videos all showed significant improvement in number of correct answers after watching the video ( see Table and Graph).


The results from this study do support these AVs as being effective in educating 3 different sub-group of populations. The style and format of all the AVs in the Kidneyman library have been specifically desinged to reach both low and high healthcare literate people and further testing to validate this is ongoing.