How do health care professionals assess patients when initiating insulin therapy? A qualitative study

Lee, P.Y. and Lee, Y.K. and Khoo, E.M. and Ng, C.J. (2014) How do health care professionals assess patients when initiating insulin therapy? A qualitative study. Primary Care Diabetes, 8 (1). pp. 49-55. ISSN 1751-9918

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Abstract

Aims: To explore how health care professionals (HCPs) assess patients when initiating insulin therapy in type 2 diabetes. Methods: Focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were conducted with 41 health care professionals in Malaysia in 2010-2011. A semi-structured topic guide was used for the interview. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using the Nvivo9 software based on a thematic approach. Results: HCPs were less likely to initiate insulin therapy in patients who were older, with irregular dietary patterns and poor financial status. They also assessed patients' knowledge, views and misconceptions of insulin. However, there was a variation in how doctors assessed patients' comorbidities before starting insulin therapy. Medical officers were more likely to initiate insulin therapy in patients with comorbidities and complications, whereas family medicine specialists were more cautious. In addition, most HCPs considered patients' psychosocial status, including self-care ability, social support and quality of life. Conclusions: HCPs' assessment of patients' need to start insulin therapy depends on their perception rather than objective evaluation of patients' background, knowledge, perception and abilities. The background and the type of practice of HCPs influence their assessment. (C) 2013 Primary Care Diabetes Europe. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physicians’ medical decision; Type 2 diabetes; Insulin therapy initiation
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 06:05
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 06:05
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10023

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