May 2008
Volume 49, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2008
Diabetic Teaching in an Ophthalmology Office: A Prospective Study on the Necessity and Efficacy of Teaching Interventions
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • R. M. Kinast
    Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  • A. E. Fung
    Ophthalmology, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  R.M. Kinast, None; A.E. Fung, None.
  • Footnotes
    Support  Pacific Vision Foundation Fellowship in Ophthalmology Research
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2008, Vol.49, 2743. doi:https://doi.org/
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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. doi: https://doi.org/.

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Abstract

Purpose: : To evaluate the efficacy of diabetic patient education in an ophthalmology setting.

Methods: : 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.

Results: : 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.

Conclusions: : 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.

Keywords: diabetes • diabetic retinopathy • clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: health care delivery/economics/manpower 
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