Vol 6, No 1 (2005): Practical Diabetology
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Relations between the feeling of influence on the course of disease and the management with diabetes

Andrzej Kokoszka, Jacek Sieradzki
Diabetologia Praktyczna 2005;6(1):1-6.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION. The feeling of influence on the course of disease is a meaningful psychological factor related with patients adherence to treatment and also the choice of the methods of treatment. The assessment of these relations is the goal of the study.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. 1199 patients [655 females (54,6%) and 544 males (45,4%)], of age 19–93 years (M = 62,23; SD = 11,08). They were beginning insulinotherapy after a period of therapy ranging from several months to 36 years (M = 8,03; SD = 5,54). The Brief Scale For the Feeling of an Influence on the Course of Disease Assessment: Version for Diabetes was applied.
RESULTS. The mean score of the feeling of an influence on the course of disease was statistically significantly lower in the groups of patients without adequate knowledge about diabetes and in the group of patients with problems with the stress management. The feeling of an influence on the course of disease has an increasing relation with the effectiveness of the treatment assessed with HbA1c level, together with the duration of the disease. In the group with the choice of the simplest disposable injector, the mean level of the feeling of an influence on the course of disease was statistically significantly lower than in groups that chose smaller and more complicated types of injectors.
CONCLUSION. The feeling of an influence on the course of disease is related with the choice of methods of treatment and with patients adherence to the treatment.

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