To explore strategies to improve type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) self-management among low-income and minority groups.
Focus groups centered on T2DM self-care behaviors were conducted using convenient sample of patients with T2DM (N = 17), caregivers (N = 5) and healthcare providers (N = 15).
Patients and caregivers perceived strategies included improving patient-provider communication, providers’ accessibility and compassion, and flexible clinic hours. Strategies identified by providers were realistic patient’s expectations, family support, and community resources.
To our knowledge, this study is the first to elicit strategies to improve T2DM self-management through a joint meeting of patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Study findings could help inform future efforts to assist patients better manage their T2DM.
S.A. Akohoue, K. Patel, L.L. Adkerson, R.L. Rothman "Patients’, Caregivers’, and Providers’ Perceived Strategies for Diabetes Care" Am J Health Behav. 2015 May; 39(3): 433–440. https://dx.doi.org/10.5993%2FAJHB.39.3.15