Washington: Scientists have developed and tested a tool to involve patients more in their diabetes treatment and medication choices.Victor Montori, M.D., a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist in Rochester, co-author of the study, said that the tool, a set of decision aid cards, could help diabetics make decisions involving their disease and perhaps lead to better outcomes.
Clinicians were randomised to either use the decision aid cards (intervention) or discuss medications as usually done (control). Data was gathered from a self-administered written survey completed by patients immediately after the patient`s visit.Compared with the control patients, those who used the cards found them helpful and felt they were more involved in making decisions about their diabetes medication.Both groups had near-perfect adherence to their medication use, the cards were effective in involving patients with type 2 diabetes in the decision-making.The results of this randomized trial have been published in September`s issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. ANI
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