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

Lora CM, Gordon EJ, Sharp LK, Fischer MJ, Gerber BS, Lash JP. Progression of CKD in Hispanics: potential roles of health literacy, acculturation, and social support. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation. 2011 Aug 1; 58(2):282-90.

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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.

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