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Abstract: PO1074

Understanding Healthcare Education for Nephrology Best Practice – A Question of Which Health Professionals: A Quantitative Investigation

Session Information

  • Educational Research
    November 04, 2021 | Location: On-Demand, Virtual Only
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Category: Educational Research

  • 800 Educational Research

Author

  • Muhammad, Shahid N., The University of the West of England (UWE), England UK, Bristol, United Kingdom
Background

Technology has allowed patients with Long-Term Conditions (LTCs) to access information through websites, portals, and Patient-centred organisations. 1) To understand, whether, retrospectively, there has been an education neglect as part of healthcare delivery and 2) To understand if technology can help join up education.

Methods

Group disclaimers encouraged informed consent. GDPR (2018) guidelines were implemented to ensure best practice surrounding confidentiality and data protection. Fourteen (14) topic tags were applied over 1-month (March and April 2020) between the Renal Patient Support Group (RPSG) (est.2009) and the Kidney Disease and Renal Support Group (KDARs) for Kids (est.2014) platforms. Two surveys were developed with several themes and implemented via online Qualtrics Software., one for health professionals, and one for CKD patients. Participants only had to complete once.

Results

19 surveys completed from Health Professionals and 45 completed from CKD patient cohort. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse quantitative data and inform results. Relating Health Professionals, highest responses included Female (57.14%) vs. Males (42.86%). Relating CKD Patients, highest responses included Females (55.00%) vs. Males (38.89%). 2,560 threads were topic tagged between two groups. Health professionals who contributed highest included Healthcare Scientists (47 %), second were Nephrologists, other Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and other (all 17.65 %), and GPs (5.88 %). CKD patients who contributed highest included Transplant patients (60.53%), second were ESRD (Haemodialysis) (13.16%), and CKD patients (stages 3-5) (10.53%). AHPs will increasingly work with GPs to provide laboratory screening, and POCT advice and/ or education (16.67%). CKD patients who contributed relating Appropriate Support Surrounding Healthcare, highest response included I have ability to communicate with a health professional about blood tests and investigations (25.49%).

Conclusion

Online educational modules should complement CKD care, and be delivered by broader Allied Health Professionals. This is the first UK retrospective study that examines clinically relevant educational gaps between online paediatric and adult renal cohorts close to two decades. Education is where healthcare requires investment.