News Release

'Patient activation' may improve quality of life in individuals with kidney disease

Peer-Reviewed Publication

American Society of Nephrology


  • In individuals with chronic kidney disease who received online peer mentoring, improved patient activation correlated with improvements in various aspects of quality of life.
  • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19-October 25.

Washington, DC (October 23, 2020) -- Researchers previously demonstrated that online peer mentoring for individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) improves patient activation--or patients' willingness and ability to take actions to manage their health and care--and quality of life (QOL). Now the investigators have looked at the correlation between QOL and patient activation among patients with CKD who participated in an online peer mentoring program, which provides guidance from others who live with CKD. The study that will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19-October 25.

The study randomized 155 patients with stage 4 or stage 5 CKD to online peer mentoring, face-to-face peer mentoring, or usual care. Among the online peer mentoring group, improvements in patient activation correlated with improvements in various aspects of QOL related to physical symptoms and burdens of kidney disease. There was no correlation between patient activation and mental aspects of QOL.

"Results from our study suggest that improved QOL in patients with CKD who received online peer mentoring may be a result of improved patient activation," said co-author Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS (Pennsylvania State University).

Study: "The Correlation between Patient Activation and Quality of Life among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease"

This research was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award (CDR-1310-07055). The statements presented are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of PCORI or its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.

ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined, the largest nephrology meeting of its kind, will provide a forum for more than 13,000 professionals to discuss the latest findings in kidney health research and engage in educational sessions related to advances in the care of patients with kidney and related disorders. Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined will take place October 19-October 25.


Since 1966, ASN has been leading the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients. ASN has more than 21,000 members representing 131 countries. For more information, visit

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