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Int J Clin Pract. 2000 Oct;54(8):535-6.

Diabetes knowledge--are patients getting the message?

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  • 1Department of Diabetic Medicine and Public Health, Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.


Diabetes knowledge in a multi-ethnic population was assessed in 161 insulin treated diabetic patients using a 21-point multiple choice questionnaire translated into the appropriate languages. Our data showed a significant difference in diabetes knowledge related to ethnicity, being less in Asians and Afro-Caribbeans groups compared to Caucasians. In all groups there was a negative correlation with age, with older adults achieving lower scores. Gender and duration of disease did not appear to influence knowledge scores. This information has implications for the way in which we deliver our diabetes educational programme to ethnic minority groups and the elderly.

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