Study circles at the pharmacy - a new model for diabetes education in groups
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. Vol. 37, no 1, 89-96 p.
diabetes, patient education, pharmacists, group education
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152386DOI: 10.1016/S0738-3991(98)00105-0ISI: 000080109400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152386DiVA: diva2:413369