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The effects of COVID-19 on self-management behaviours and service experiences in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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Sophia Quirke-McFarlane, Anna Hodgkinson, John Weinman, Narthana Meiyalagan, Alexis C. Prince, Mark Chamley, Jennifer M. Stevenson

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-19b
Number of pages1
JournalPractical Diabetes
Issue number5
E-pub ahead of print4 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: We would like to thank the 150 individuals with T2DM who took the time and shared their self‐management and service experiences during the COVID‐19 pandemic with us. We would also like to thank Rachael O'Reilly and Nancy Carranza from the administrative team of the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team for their support on this project, and King's Undergraduate Research Fellowship Scheme for supporting study administrative costs. Publisher Copyright: Copyright © 2021 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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This study explored the impact of COVID-19 on adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) self-management behaviours and service experiences within an ethnically diverse UK sample. A cross-sectional survey design was employed. An 18-item survey was administered to suitable patients attending the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team (South East London, UK) via text message (n=993) or post (n=62). A total of 150 participants completed the survey, which revealed that 30% had changed their diabetes medication taking behaviour since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for a number of reasons. Negative changes in physical activity levels and dietary behaviours were also reported. Of those who received a telephone consultation, high satisfaction levels were reported but a clear preference for face-to-face consultations was still present. Our findings suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on individuals with T2DM physical activity levels and dietary behaviours. Additionally, the findings indicate that although telephone consultations were highly accepted, many would prefer to receive a face-to-face consultation in future.

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