The effect of diabetes self-management training on perceived quality of life
Huggler, Alicia Rae
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Background: This study determined whether there was an improved quality of life (QOL) following diabetes self-management training (DSMT), based on Problem Areas in Diabetes (PAID) questionnaire responses. Methods: A total 59 people with diabetes participated: DSMT (n=28) and No DSMT (n=31). DSMT classes were three weeks in a row and three hours in duration. Results: The dependent t-test was used to determine significance. The DSMT group had a significant improvement in scores on the PAID questionnaire from baseline of 30.98 +/-21.59 to the end of the study of 19.46 +-19.14 indicating improved QOL (i.e. lower PAID scores=lower perceived diabetes distress). The control group had no significant changes in PAID scores from baseline 27.30 +/-14.31 to the end of the study 27.67 +/-16.95 indicating there was no QOL improvement.;Conclusions: DSMT classes helped to improve participants' perceived QOL.