CME Improved Management of Chronic Hyperkalemia in CKD

Nephrology Times (06/17/20) Socha, Victoria

A recent analysis evaluated whether interactive, case-based online continuing medical education (CME) improves clinical knowledge, competence and performance in the management of chronic hyperkalemia in patients with complex conditions. The instructional component featured an online, case-based, interactive text activity. Eight percent of CME-participating nephrologists improved their use of a loop diuretic in patients where a low-potassium diet did not reduce potassium levels, and 25% improved prescription of a newer potassium binder in a patient with consistently elevated potassium level despite a low potassium diet and a loop diuretic. Meanwhile, 10% improved using a newer potassium binder in a patient on dialysis with hyperkalemia, and 36% were more confident in using potassium binders in patients on renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors. "This study demonstrates the success of an online, highly interactive, case-based educational interventions on improving knowledge, competence and performance of nephrologists regarding complex management of chronic hyperkalemia," the researchers concluded. The findings from Medscape Education researchers were presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2020 Spring Clinical Meetings.

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