July 2, 2013

DAWN2 Study: Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs

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dawn2The DAWN2 was the second study investigating the  psychosocial outcomes in people with diabetes, throughout the world. These findings were published in Diabetic Medicine.

The original DAWN study was conducted in 2001. The DAWN2 study is similar to the first in that it confirms the increased psychological burden that people with diabetes face and how significant that burden is in managing diabetes.

For the first time, the profound emotional burden on family members of a loved one with diabetes was revealed. This was seen because the study evaluated husbands, wives, and others who live with loved ones with diabetes.

The details discovered in the psychological challenges, professional discrepancies, and omnipotent needs of life with diabetes were used as a map for future implementations for the advancement of treatment outcomes in life with diabetes.

The study included almost 8,600 adults with diabetes from 17 countries. At the end of the study, no country prevailed as better or worse than others. Diabetes-related distress was reported by over 44% of participants. Overall quality of life was rated ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ by over 12% of participants. Diabetes had a negative impact on all aspects investigated, ranging from relationship with family and friends to physical health.

Approximately 40% of participants reported that their medication interfered with their ability to live a normal life. Fewer than half of respondents had participated in diabetes educational programs or activities to help manage their diabetes.

My awareness to the DAWN2 Study was resulting from Riva Greenberg’s enthusiastic pursuit of helping people succeed in life with diabetes, rather than sustain life with diabetes. She gives kudos to Novo Nordisk for making this study possible.

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