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Early conversations crucial in management of type 2 diabetes



The first insights from IntroDia™ presented at the 74th American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Scientific Sessions®, showed that over three quarters (76–100% across 26 countries) of 6,753 physicians surveyed agree that conversations at diagnosis impact the way people with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) accept their condition and their treatment adherence.(1)
Despite the importance of these conversations, the preliminary data also indicated many physicians report a variety of challenges during the diagnosis conversations.(1)
According to data presented, the challenges most commonly reported by physicians during diagnosis conversations are that patients do not keep up with the required changes, returning back to old habits, in addition to physicians not having enough time to carry out these important conversations with patients.(1)
Most physicians (92%) surveyed also indicated they would like tools to help people with T2D sustain behavioural change.
Ms Anne Belton, Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation, and member of the IntroDia™ Advisory Board commented: “These preliminary results from the IntroDia™ survey build on previous studies, which demonstrated that early conversations have an impact in the management of diabetes and can impact patient outcomes. We look forward to the full results, which will provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and barriers for both physicians and people with Type 2 Diabetes.  We hope to then provide support to physicians to help them improve those conversations which we believe will result in better outcomes for people with Type 2 Diabetes.”
The IntroDia™ survey is ongoing, and the next set of results will include insights from people with T2D.
The IntroDia™ survey will include insights from 6,753 physicians and approximately 10,000 people with T2D, and is investigating early T2D conversations. The survey results will be used to develop tools to provide additional support for physicians and people with T2D during their early conversations.
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  1. Polonsky WH, et al. Physicians’ Challenges When Discussing the Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Diagnosis With Patients: Insights From a Cross-National Study (IntroDia™). Poster 62-LB at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 74th Scientific Sessions® 2014, San Francisco, USA.

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