Are Digital Health Technologies and Models of Nutrition Care the Future of Chronic Kidney Disease Management?

Jaimon T. Kelly*, Dev K. Jegatheesan, Jessica Dawson, Amandine Barnett, Ban Hock Khor, Alex R. Chang, Juan Jesus Carrero, Katrina L. Campbell

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Abstract

People living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) require long-term support at varying levels of individualization, intensity, and frequency. Mobile and digital models of nutrition care can facilitate long-term behavior change, address nutrition issues proactively, reduce travel burden, and reach people without access to health care more easily. However, while traditional health delivery continues to be digitally disrupted, there are many barriers to address before mobile and digitally supported models of nutrition care can become business as usual in nephrology and nutrition care practice. This paper overviews the current evidence base concerning the past and present mobile and digital health programs to improve nutrition in CKD and highlights the novel future trends in this field. The way nutrition and dietetic care can be feasible, safe, and potentially effective when delivered using various digital and virtual technologies, including consultations, assessments, establishment of diagnoses, formulation of plans, and monitoring/reviewing clinical progress is discussed. Of the available evidence to date, these modalities appear to improve dietary sodium intake and diet quality, self-efficacy, interdialytic weight gain, and body weight. Many barriers exist to sustaining the continued and widespread adoption of digital and mobile health-supported nutrition care in CKD. These include patient-, clinician-, and health system-specific and are discussed in detail. Mobile and digital-supported models of nutrition care present an exciting opportunity to assist kidney dietitians deliver patient-centred nutrition care in CKD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Renal Nutrition
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

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