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Health Literacy among patients with end-stage kidney disease and kidney transplant recipients

Journal article
Authors Annette Lennerling
I. Petersson
U. M. Andersson
A. Forsberg
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Pages 7
ISSN 0283-9318
Publication year 2020
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 7
Language en
Keywords health literacy, kidney transplant candidates, kidney transplant, recipients, Newest Vital Sign, outcomes, care, numeracy, skills, costs, Nursing
Subject categories Health Sciences


Main problem Self-management is essential for patients both before and after kidney transplantation and requires an adequate level of health literacy (HL), that is the ability to comprehend and process health information. Low HL is associated with poor clinical outcome and an increased risk of death. In Europe, HL has been scarcely studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of HL in a Swedish cohort of kidney transplant (KTx) candidates and KTx recipients. Methods A single centre cross-sectional cohort study. Participants; n = 50 KTx candidates and n = 49 KTx recipients. HL was measured with the Newest Vital Sign instrument (NVS). Statistical analysis was made using the chi-square, Mann-Whitney U- or t-test. Results Study participants; n = 99, 61.6% male, mean age 52 years. Low or possible inadequate HL was seen in 20%. There was no statistical difference in the levels of HL related to sex, educational level, ability to work or between KTx candidates and KTx recipients. Conclusions In this cohort, one fifth had low or possible inadequate HL measured by the NVS. Screening is needed to identify persons with poor HL. These persons require tailored education and person-centred care to cope with self-management.

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