Explanation, Collaboration, Demonstration: 3 Factors To Improve Insulin Resistance?

This study of the actions of health care professionals facilitating the transition to insulin therapy in type 2 diabetics included 594 patients from several countries reporting initial reluctance to insulin therapy but who eventually began to take it. Their results suggested that practitioners who demonstrated the injection process tended to have the highest “helpful” ratings, and practitioners who explained insulin benefits and who employed a collaborative style saw patients who were less likely to interrupt their insulin therapy that those who were rated as less helpful. An authoritarian style was rated as least helpful. “Three key health care practitioner actions to facilitate insulin therapy initiation were identified as helpful and were associated with more successful initiation and persistence,” the authors wrote. “These findings may aid the development of interventions to address reluctance to initiating insulin therapy.”


Source: Polonsky W, Fisher L, Hessler D, et al. J Diabetes Complications. 2019;doi:10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2019.01.001