Type 2 Diabetes – Ongoing And Continuous Clinical Support Crucial

Medicalnewstoday.com: Article Date: 14 Jun 2012 – 11:00 PDT

A new study has found that patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to benefit in the long term if they receive ongoing and sustained clinical support instead of a one-off session when they are first diagnosed.

The study, published in British Medical Journal (BMJ), was conducted by Professor Kamlesh Khunti, of the University of Leicester, and Professor Melanie Davies, of the University of Leicester and Leicester hospitals, with colleagues from the Leicester Diabetes Center.

The researchers explained:

“In recent years, programs to educate people with Type 2 diabetes about self management have become the focus of attention among healthcare professionals and are advocated for people with the condition. Yet few established self management education programs have reported long term effects of the intervention.”

The researchers examined three year follow-up data on 731 individuals newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes from over 200 general practices. At the start of the study participants were randomly assigned to receive either a one-day self-management education program (DESMOND) or usual GP care. Read more