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Patient Educ Couns. 1993 Jun;21(1-2):41-50.

A comparison of the diabetes-related attitudes of health care professionals and patients.


The following study compares the diabetes-related attitudes of sampled health care professionals and patients with diabetes. Attitudes were measured with a revised version of the Diabetes Attitude Scale (DAS) which includes seven factors representing attitudes towards: (1) the need for special training in order to provide diabetes care; (2) patient compliance; (3) the seriousness of noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM); (4) the relationship between blood glucose levels and the complications of diabetes; (5) the impact of diabetes on the patient's life; (6) patient autonomy; and (7) team care. The highest levels of agreement among patients and professionals concerned the seriousness of NIDDM and the relationship between blood glucose control and the development of the complications of diabetes. The most striking finding of the study was that patients tended to express a significantly more judgmental, moralistic attitude toward patient behavior than did health care professionals.

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