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Abstract: PO1381

Online Patient/Caregiver Education on Hyperkalemia Can Improve Knowledge and Confidence as Well as Prompt Real-Life Changes

Session Information

Category: Educational Research

  • 800 Educational Research

Authors

  • Larkin, Amy, Medscape LLC, New York, New York, United States
  • Blatherwick, Donald, Medscape LLC, New York, New York, United States
Background

Managing hyperkalemia with a strict diet is limiting and difficult for patients. We sought to measure the impact of online education for patients/caregivers on knowledge and confidence as well as prompting change in daily life.

Methods

The patient/caregiver education was designed as 2 online, interactive activities. Both were comprised of text and integrated visuals, the second also included a patient commentary video. Demographic questions were asked prior to starting the education. A knowledge question was asked both before and after the activity to assess learning gains, as well as intent to change and confidence questions at the end. The activities launched in March and May of 2019, and data collected through September 2019.

Results

To date, 72,440 learners have participated in the patient/caregiver activity.
Activity 1: Do You Have High Potassium? Here are Some Tips for Managing Potassium in Your Diet
Participants: 35, 889
Completers of all questions (included in outcomes analysis): 4,305
Demographics: 65% female; 63% white, non-Hispanic; 67% over the age of 54; 45% have hyperkalemia, 42% were interested in learning more about the condition
Knowledge changes: 24% improvement in recognizing foods high in potassium (50% pre to 74% post)
Intent-to-act: 81% plan to identify and avoid foods high in potassium
Confidence changes: 79% reported increased confidence talking to their doctor about ways to lower their potassium levels

Activity 2: Are Medicines That Lower Potassium Right for You?
Participants: 36, 551
Completers of all questions (included in outcomes analysis): 2, 917
Demographics: 59% female; 70% white, non-Hispanic; 82% over the age of 54; 58% were interested in learning more about the condition and 29% have this condition
Knowledge changes: 23% improvement in recognizing how potassium binders work to treat hyperkalemia (42% pre to 65% post)
Intent-to-act: 69% plan to talk to their healthcare provider about medicines that can treat hyperkalemia
Confidence changes: 73% reported increased confidence talking to their doctor about medicines that can treat hyperkalemia

Conclusion

The metrics and outcomes gathered in this assessment are a strong indicator that these patient/caregiver-focused online educational activities improved knowledge and confidence, and prompted intent to act by patients/caregivers related to hyperkalemia.

Funding

  • Commercial Support