Letters Self management of diabetes

Structured and persistently reinforced patient education can work

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5100 (Published 21 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5100
  1. Marina Trento, head, laboratory of clinical pedagogy1,
  2. Massimo Porta, professor of medicine1
  1. 1University of Turin, 10126 Turin, Italy
  1. massimo.porta{at}unito.it

Snoek argues that self management education is of limited effect because it did not persistently improve metabolic control in some recently published clinical trials in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.1 The problem is not that education itself is ineffective but in the design and delivery of such trials. For instance, …

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