STOCKHOLM, Sweden, September 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Results presented today at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) showed that increased awareness about how patients' and physicians' perceptions of control differ, could benefit physician-patient communication and improve diabetes management. New findings from the Perceptions of Control (POC) study showed adults with type 2 diabetes uncontrolled on basal insulin had a broader definition of control, perceived greater obstacles to maintaining control and that life was impacted significantly more than physicians expected.
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"There is a significant gap in perceptions of control between physicians and patients in how they define control, the obstacles and how being uncontrolled on basal insulin impacts patients' daily lives," said Meryl Brod, PhD, lead investigator of the POC research study. "Having a more open dialogue during consultations may provide more insight into these critical factors which could improve diabetes management and lead to more effective individualised treatment plans."
The study identified that physicians defined control in measurable, clinical terms such as frequency/severity of hypoglycaemia (93% vs 69%, p 8% (64 mmol/mol)) from the UK (n=100 physicians and 620 patients), Sweden (n=100 physicians and 240 patients) and Switzerland (n=100 physicians and 152 patients). Information was also collected from a control group of 295 adults with type 2 diabetes controlled on basal insulin (physician-confirmed HbA1c