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Study circles at the pharmacy - a new model for diabetes education in groups
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research.
1999 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 37, no 1, 89-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the past years diabetes education has developed greatly. However, a survey of diabetes care in Sweden in 1995 showed that only 40% of the patients examined had acceptable HbAlc values. This underlines the need for an effective and low-cost patient education programme. In this study we tested the feasibility of a I-year group education model for patients with type 2 diabetes at Swedish pharmacies. In the study circles, led by specially trained pharmacists, participants learned how to self-monitor glucose, to interpret the results and to act upon them. We conclude that study circles held at pharmacies are a feasible way of educating persons with type 2 diabetes. The group setting promoted learning through peer help and gave emotional support to participants. Metabolic control as measured by HbAlc improved significantly after 6 months, but reverted to baseline levels again at 12 months. The reason for this needs further investigation.

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1999. Vol. 37, no 1, 89-96 p.
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diabetes, patient education, pharmacists, group education
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152386DOI: 10.1016/S0738-3991(98)00105-0ISI: 000080109400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152386DiVA: diva2:413369
Available from: 2011-04-28 Created: 2011-04-28 Last updated: 2011-10-17Bibliographically approved

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