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Only 29% of Doctors Ask for Their Patients’ Input

Data presented at the World Diabetes Congress revealed only 29% of diabetes patients were asked by their health care providers to offer input in making treatment plans….

But researchers also found 84% of responding health providers said it would be beneficial if patients prepared questions in advance of office visits. In addition, results from the global Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2) also demonstrated that 33% of patients reported they were encouraged by their health care provider to ask questions during consultation.

"People with diabetes who feel supported and capable of self-managing their condition are more likely to have a successful treatment outcome and therefore have the opportunity to live a better life with diabetes," Ingrid Willaing, MPH, head of Education Research at the Steno Diabetes Center and lead national investigator for DAWN2 in Denmark, said in a press release. "The DAWN2 study highlights that far too few people with diabetes are supported to take an active role."

See this week’s Tool – Getting Your Patients Prepared for Their Office Visit.

Presented at the meeting of the World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation, Dec 2013