Evaluation of a structured educational programme for type 2 diabetes patients seen in private practice

Diabetes Metab. 2008 Jun;34(3):243-9. doi: 10.1016/j.diabet.2008.01.003. Epub 2008 Apr 18.


Aim: Structured education is necessary in the management of a chronic disease such as diabetes and should be readily offered to patients in different settings. Our aim was to demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of a group education programme for type 2 diabetic patients in a private setting in France.

Methods: A programme of group education for patients with type 2 diabetes was initiated by a multidisciplinary group of volunteer healthcare providers, including general practitioners, specialists in diabetology and non-medical members. All volunteers received one day of training, and physicians were instructed to organize several sessions of group education for the type 2 diabetic patients who regularly attended their practice. The first 427 patients entering the programme were included in the study, and asked to fill in a questionnaire to assess their knowledge, beliefs and behaviours with regard to diabetes. Their physician filled in a medical form. Six months later, the same questionnaire and form were sent for follow-up information.

Results: At six months versus baseline, patients exhibited small, but consistent, improvements: (i) fasting glucose 142+/-42 mg/dL (P<0.04) vs 146+/-44 mg/dL (P<0.04); (ii) HbA(1c) 7.41+/-1.26% vs 7.57+/-1.33% (P<0.01); and (iii) all of the main parameters of diabetes self-management recorded in the study. The percentage of patients who inspected their feet at least once a week increased from 67 to 77% (P<0.001). Patients improved their knowledge of the disease and developed a more positive attitude towards their diabetes.

Conclusion: Our study demonstrates that it is possible to organize educational sessions for diabetic patients in a private-practice setting. At six months, patients receiving these sessions showed benefits in terms of blood glucose control and other important markers of self-management of their disease.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / rehabilitation*
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology