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Abstract: FR-PO945

Importance of Promoting CKD Health Literacy in the Younger Generation: Data From the Niigata Prefectural Health and Nutrition Survey and Questionnaire Survey of High School Students in Japan

Session Information

Category: CKD (Non-Dialysis)

  • 2201 CKD (Non-Dialysis): Epidemiology‚ Risk Factors‚ and Prevention


  • Suzuki, Yuya, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
  • Kaseda, Ryohei, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
  • Nakagawa, Yusuke, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
  • Takeuchi, Mizuki, Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Niigata, Japan
  • Nakamura, Junko, Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Niigata, Japan
  • Wakasugi, Minako, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
  • Narita, Ichiei, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan

Promoting health literacy is important for preventing chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, few studies have investigated the level of CKD awareness. This study aimed to clarify the level of CKD awareness for providing helpful information to narrow down the target of CKD educational activities.


We analyzed data regarding CKD awareness from the Niigata Prefectural Health and Nutrition Survey conducted in 2019, Japan (N=1,225). Furthermore, we conducted a questionnaire survey among high school students (N=103).


The proportion of people who had heard of CKD was 40.6% (men 32.9%, women 47.5%). When stratified by age, people aged 20–39 had heard less about CKD than those aged 40–59, and those over 60 (20.5%, 31.6%, and 51.5%, respectively). As the level of awareness regarding the term “CKD” was poor in the people aged 20–39, we thereafter studied the CKD knowledge of high school students. The proportion of students who had heard of CKD was only 3.8%. While 80.5% of students knew that the function of kidney is to excrete waste products, 12.6% knew that kidney regulates blood pressure, and 24.3% knew its function of adjusting water content and electrolytes.


The level of awareness regarding the term “CKD” was poor in men aged 20–39. Additionally, high school students lacked knowledge of CKD and detailed kidney function. Educational activities for CKD should be more effective for the younger generations, and more in line with their diverse lifestyles. We have just begun activities for promoting CKD health literacy among teenage students, such as through giving lectures in high school classes.


  • Government Support – Non-U.S.