Aug 1, 1993

Psychosocial correlates of glycemic control: the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications (EDC) Study

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
C E LloydD J Becker


The psychosocial correlates of glycemic control were examined in an incident cohort of childhood onset insulin-dependent diabetic subjects aged 18 years or older (n = 592). Glycosylated hemoglobin was measured at subjects' clinical examination, and questionnaires on diabetes self-care activity, barriers to regimen adherence and social support were completed. Demographic information was also collected. Glycosylated hemoglobin (GHb) was correlated with age, income and educational attainment (correlations coefficients between -0.1 and -0.2; P < 0.01), suggesting that older, more educated and wealthier patients have better glycemic control. GHb was also inversely associated with the degree of self-care activity (r = -0.11; P < 0.01), in particular administering injections at the recommended times and the frequency of performing blood/urine tests. Factors related to self-care behavior were identified, and included degree of social support (r = 0.14; P < 0.001) and patients' reports of difficulties adhering to their self-care regimen (r = -0.3; P < 0.0001). Gender was also related to self-care activities, with women reporting more self-care behavior than men (mean self-care scores 17.9 +/- 3.7 vs. 16.9 +/- 4.0; P < 0.01). Thus psycho...Continue Reading

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Glycated Hemoglobin TEST
Patient Non-Compliance
Hemoglobin, Glycosylated
Educational Workshop
Self Care Outcome
Glucohemoglobin Measurement
Regression Analysis

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