Friday, July 10, 2009

Perceptions of Self-Care for Low-Income Patients with Diabetes

In this study, 35 low-income diabetic patients participated in focus group discussions regarding their experiences with diabetes treatment. The full article is highly informative and includes multiple examples of specific patient responses for each of the barriers discussed. In particular, patients found making all the changes to be emotionally exhausting, and they frequently reported denial as a significant barrier to healthy life-style goals. Patients also highlighted significant gaps in patient services, and demonstrated very poor understanding of their condition, specifically with regards to A1C. These results highlight the importance of education and support while patients cope with extensive life-style changes, a great deal of information, and the sheer magnitude of their condition.