Main Newsletter
Mastery Series
Therapy Series
 
Bookmark and Share | Print Article | Items for the Week Previous | All Articles This Week | Next
This article originally posted and appeared in  Issue 120

Issue 120 Item 15 Assessment of Group Versus Individual Diabetes Education

Diabetes education delivered in a group setting, when compared with an individual setting, was equally effective at providing equivalent or slightly greater improvements.
Advertisement
The current study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of delivering diabetes education in either a group or individual setting using a consistent, evidence-based curriculum.

A total of 170 subjects with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either group (n = 87) or individual (n = 83) educational settings. Subjects received education in four sequential sessions delivered at consistent time intervals over a 6-month period. Outcomes included changes in knowledge, self-management behaviors, weight, BMI, HbA1c, health-related quality of life, patient attitudes, and medication regimen. Changes were assessed at baseline and after the 2-week, 3-month, and 6-month education sessions.

Both educational settings had similar improvements in knowledge, BMI, health-related quality of life, attitudes, and all other measured indicators. HbA1c decreased from 8.5 ± 1.8% at baseline to 6.5 ± 0.8% at 6 months (P < 0.01) in the study population as a whole. Subjects assigned to the individual setting had a 1.7 ± 1.9% reduction in HbA1c (P < 0.01), whereas subjects assigned to the group setting had a 2.5 ± 1.8% reduction in HbA1c (P < 0.01). The difference in HbA1c improvement was marginally greater in subjects assigned to group education versus individualized education (P = 0.05).

This study demonstrates that diabetes education delivered in a group setting, when compared with an individual setting, was equally effective at providing equivalent or slightly greater improvements in glycemic control. Group diabetes education was similarly effective in delivering key educational components and may allow for more efficient and cost-effective methods in the delivery of diabetes education programs. Diabetes Care 25:269-274, 2002

Advertisement


 

Bookmark and Share | Print | Category | Home

This article originally posted 03 May, 2002 and appeared in  Issue 120

Past five issues: Issue 752 | SGLT-2 Inhibitors Special Edition October 2014 | Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series Issue 211 | Issue 751 | Humulin Insulin Special Edition October 2014 |


Cast Your Vote
Are your patients getting enough glucose strips to manage their diabetes?
Search Articles On Diabetes In Control