Title

Patient-Reported Barriers and Limitations to Attending Diabetes Group Visits.

Publication/Presentation Date

5-5-2015

Abstract

PURPOSE: Through this exploratory study, we sought to understand why group visit participation is low among adult patients with type 2 diabetes.

METHODS: Eligible study participants included adult patients with type 2 diabetes. After a pilot survey was sent to a random sample of 48 patients, the remaining 187 eligible patients were invited to complete a revised version of the survey.

RESULTS: Most frequently cited reasons for not attending group visits included diabetes under control, work and/or other responsibilities, and time barriers. There was variability in the desired time for the visits, though the majority of patients preferred evening visits. While some patients reported copays as a challenge, the likelihood of attending did not decrease for this subgroup. Most patients surveyed (54%) indicated interest in diabetes group visits.

CONCLUSION: Implementing strategies to address the patient-identified system barriers (eg, time, transportation, and copays) may increase participation in diabetes group visits.

Volume

6

Issue

4

First Page

279

Last Page

281

ISSN

2150-1327

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

25947568

Department(s)

Department of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Faculty

Document Type

Article