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Title: Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus care in the Mediterranean Region
Authors: Savona-Ventura, Charles
Vassallo, Josanne
Authors: MGSD-Education Study Group
Keywords: Medicine -- Study and teaching (Continuing education)
Type 2 diabetes -- Mediterranean Region
Diabetics -- Care
Medical personnel -- Attitudes
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer Healthcare
Citation: Savona-Ventura, C., & Vassallo, J. (2019). Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus care in the Mediterranean Region. Diabetes Therapy, 10, 1909-1920.
Abstract: Introduction: This study aimed to assess the adherence to guidelines by practitioners working in the Mediterranean region and to identify the reasons for non-compliance.
Methods: A opportunistic self-administered questionnaire was circulated among members of the Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes (MGSD) and regional diabetic associations. The study was limited to the Mediterranean region; 2841 medical practitioners participated in the study. Intervention involved a self-administered questionnaire enabling demographic and personal details to be correlated to relevant information related to practice and continuing health professional education (CHPE) attitudes, perceptions related to diabetes and healthcare systems in the community, and physicians’ attitudes to healthcare practices and target goals relevant to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The main outcome measure was adherence to evidence-based guidelines.
Results: While the majority of respondents (69.9%) reported being confident in managing these patients, and 79.2% reported being aware of the availability of local guidelines; only a fifth opted to manage patients by strictly targeting an HbA1c value below 6.5%, while 3.3% were happy to maintain an HbA1c value of up to 8.0%. These goals appeared to be tempered by fear of eliciting hypoglycaemia in the belief that patients and their families do not have the skills to manage the complication. Endocrinologists/internists preferred more rigid control.
Conclusion: It is clear that the promulgation of evidence-based guidelines cannot assume automatic adoption in clinical practice since adoption is tempered by on-the-ground practice circumstances that make the practitioner reluctant to fully endorse and adopt the targets defined by the guidelines. The evidence-based guidelines need to be modified for local or regional circumstances.
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