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R. M. Kinast, A. E. Fung; Diabetic Teaching in an Ophthalmology Office: A Prospective Study on the Necessity and Efficacy of Teaching Interventions. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):2743.
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To evaluate the efficacy of diabetic patient education in an ophthalmology setting.
Approval for this study was obtained from the California Pacific Medical Center IRB. Thirty diabetic patients were identified in an outpatient, multi-specialty private practice ophthalmology office and informed consent was obtained. Patients answered a questionnaire immediately before, immediately after, and 1 month after a five-minute educational session on important issues of diabetes management including management of hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure, diet and exercise.
Following the educational session, questionnaire responses on average improved 13%. Although 1/3 of patients were unfamiliar with HbA1c target levels before the educational session, all understood their goal level afterwards. One-month follow-up results showed retained improvement in patient understanding of diabetes management.
Ophthalmologists and their staff can effectively educate diabetic patients during routine annual diabetic ophthalmology visits about the importance and goal of hemoglobin A1C levels. Examples of this tested one-page educational tool will be provided.
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