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An evaluation of the value of group education in recently diagnosed diabetes mellitus

An evaluation of the value of group education in recently diagnosed diabetes mellitus
An evaluation of the value of group education in recently diagnosed diabetes mellitus
Diabetic patients have a 12% to 25% lifetime risk of developing foot complications leading to significant morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of group education in improving patient awareness of foot care. The authors evaluated the effect of group size and areas in which knowledge seemed to be most affected. Patients attending a 2-hour teaching session between November 2005 and March 2006 were recruited. Patients filled in an 18-part questionnaire before and after the teaching session to assess knowledge. Fifty-nine patients recently diagnosed with diabetes mellitus or foot complications were recruited for 7 sessions. Analysis of the data showed a statistically significant improvement in foot care knowledge after the teaching session compared with before (69% to 85%, P 10; P < .025). These data show the benefit of group education about foot care for patients with diabetes. Smaller groups benefited more than larger ones did, which could be attributed to the sizes allowing for better interaction between the tutor and patient. As patient knowledge is variable from individual to individual, smaller teaching sessions may allow patients to address specific concerns
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1534-7346
28-33
Ooi, G.S.
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Rodrigo, C.
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Cheong, W.K.
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Mehta, R.L.
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Bowen, G.
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Mehta, R.L.
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Ooi, G.S., Rodrigo, C., Cheong, W.K., Mehta, R.L., Bowen, G. and Shearman, C.P. (2007) An evaluation of the value of group education in recently diagnosed diabetes mellitus. The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, 6 (1), 28-33. (doi:10.1177/1534734606297295).

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Diabetic patients have a 12% to 25% lifetime risk of developing foot complications leading to significant morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of group education in improving patient awareness of foot care. The authors evaluated the effect of group size and areas in which knowledge seemed to be most affected. Patients attending a 2-hour teaching session between November 2005 and March 2006 were recruited. Patients filled in an 18-part questionnaire before and after the teaching session to assess knowledge. Fifty-nine patients recently diagnosed with diabetes mellitus or foot complications were recruited for 7 sessions. Analysis of the data showed a statistically significant improvement in foot care knowledge after the teaching session compared with before (69% to 85%, P 10; P < .025). These data show the benefit of group education about foot care for patients with diabetes. Smaller groups benefited more than larger ones did, which could be attributed to the sizes allowing for better interaction between the tutor and patient. As patient knowledge is variable from individual to individual, smaller teaching sessions may allow patients to address specific concerns

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Published date: 2007
Keywords: morbidity, analysis, humans, risk factors, education, diabetes, practice, 80 and over, group processes, patients, diagnosis, methods, teaching, male, time factors, evaluation studies, prevention & control, aged, program evaluation, attitudes, mortality, complications, female, health surveys, diabetic foot, awareness, questionnaires, sickness impact profile, risk, diabetes mellitus, patient education as topic, health knowledge, adult, physiopathology, middle aged, self care

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Local EPrints ID: 62010
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/62010
ISSN: 1534-7346
PURE UUID: c575c9db-07d9-4197-8bcb-505d9af2a8bc

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 16:03

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Author: G.S. Ooi
Author: C. Rodrigo
Author: W.K. Cheong
Author: R.L. Mehta
Author: G. Bowen
Author: C.P. Shearman

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