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Attitude crucial to diabetes control

The long-term benefits of

attending a diabetes clinic should be emphasised to patients, researchers conclude.

A study in this month's British Journal of Health Psychology found patients seeking regular care, whether in a hospital or GP clinic, believed more strongly in the effectiveness of treatment than those who did not seek regular care.

Researchers studied 42 patients who had not attended a hospital diabetes clinic for 18 months or more and 42 mat-ched controls receiving specialist care, and concluded that interventions to change negative attitudes about treatment were needed.

The University of Wales College of Medicine study also found that patients receiving regular care reported significantly fewer symptoms, as measured by the Illness Perception Questionnaire.

But the Personal Models of Diabetes Interview (PMDI) did not detect any such

differences.

The most important PMDI attribute associated with regular care-seeking was treatment effectiveness.

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