Diabetes management starts at diagnosis

FINDINGS from a general practice study show that the beliefs patients form about their condition in the first few months after diagnosis of type 2 diabetes will persist for years to come.

The UK study looked at the beliefs of 450 people with type 2 diabetes assigned to either a six-hour education program within three months of diagnosis or a control group with usual care.

The study, known as the Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) intervention, asked patients about their beliefs concerning diabetes at four months and at three years post-diagnosis.

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