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Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Jun;47(2):173-7.

Empowering patients: how to implement a diabetes passport in hospital care.

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Centre for Quality of Care Research-229, University Medical Centre St. Radboud, P.O. Box 9101, HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


The purpose was to ascertain the views of patients with diabetes and patient care teams on the introduction of a recently developed diabetes passport in order to plan effective implementation. A semi-qualitative study by eight semi-structured focus group discussions with patient care teams and patients in four Dutch hospitals was organised. In total 29 patients participated (range five to nine per hospital). Patient care teams ranged from four to six participants. Each team included at least one specialised diabetic nurse and an internist. Taped views were transcribed and coded on the basis of a structured checklist. Various potential barriers to the implementation of the diabetes passport were found. Although patients recognized the diabetes passport as a handy tool, most of them expected starting problems and little co-operation from the internists; in this respect they rely more on the diabetes specialist nurse (DSN). Internists had mixed feelings about the diabetes passport. Lack of motivation and lack of time were important perceived barriers. The specialised diabetes nurses had the highest expectations of the diabetes passport and perceived themselves as those who would effectuate implementation. The main potential barriers to effective implementation of the diabetes passport were found in setting the agenda of the passport and fitting it into the organization of diabetes care. These barriers need to be considered when implementing the passport. The DSN could play an important part in its implementation.

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