Progression of CKD in Hispanics: Potential roles of health literacy, acculturation, and social support

Claudia M. Lora*, Elisa J. Gordon, Lisa K. Sharp, Michael J. Fischer, Ben S. Gerber, James P. Lash

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Abstract

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and compared with non-Hispanic whites, they have a higher incidence of end-stage renal disease. Examining novel factors that may explain this disparity in progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Hispanics is urgently needed. Interpersonal and patient-centered characteristics, including health literacy, acculturation, and social support, have been shown to affect health outcomes in patients with other chronic diseases. However, these characteristics have not been well studied in the context of CKD, particularly in relation to disease knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. In this report, we examine the potential roles of these factors for CKD progression in Hispanics and propose targeted therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-290
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hispanics
  • acculturation
  • health disparities
  • health literacy
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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