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This press release is an announcement submitted by EurekAlert, and was not written by Diabetes Health.
There's a perception out there that people with type 2 could control their disease if they just tried hard enough. But self-control and will power are not the whole story. A new study published in this month's Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness includes "eating out, lack of social support and high-risk lifestyles" as just a few of the roadblocks that stop patients with type 2 diabetes from controlling their condition.
The research reviewed information from 8,900 patients and 4,550 healthcare providers from 28 countries.
Major barriers identified by the review included:
"There are various barriers to achieving optimal self-care in type 2 diabetes," said co-author Professor Vivien Coates, from the Institute of Nursing Research at the University of Ulster, UK in a press release. "Some stem from limitations within the healthcare team, some from ineffective communication between providers and patients and some from the patient's lack of empowerment, motivation and involvement in their treatment.
Researchers from Hong Kong and Northern Ireland studied research carried out between 1986 and 2007 to try and identify what could be improved. They developed a three-point plan for nurses involved in diabetes care:
Sources: EurekAlert, Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness
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