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New Survey Explores the Impact of Insulin Injections and Communications Between Patients and Healthcare Providers
Date:8/7/2008

CHICAGO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) today announced results from a survey conducted by Harris Interactive highlighting communication between people with diabetes that require insulin injections and their healthcare providers. According to the survey results, 33 percent of respondents have experienced some level of dread relating to insulin injections (eight percent strongly agreed/25 percent somewhat agreed), 14 percent of individuals surveyed felt that the insulin injections had a negative impact on their life (three percent experience a major negative impact/11 percent experience a moderate negative impact) and more than 29 percent of individuals surveyed felt that injecting insulin was the hardest aspect of their diabetes care (eight percent strongly agree/21 percent somewhat agree). However, even though insulin injections had such an impact on these individuals, 52 percent do not proactively discuss their concerns regarding the physical and emotional aspects of injecting with their healthcare provider.

For a proportion of the individuals surveyed, 37 percent, this was due in part to a misconception that discussing these issues would be a bother to their healthcare provider. Yet, a corresponding survey of healthcare professionals (PCPs, endocrinologists and diabetes educators) paints a different story. Seventy-one percent of healthcare professionals are aware of the impact that insulin injections have on their patients' quality of life and 40 percent have initiated a dialogue in the past with their patients about these issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 24 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, and more than six million of them take injections of some kind as part or all of their treatment.(1)

"There are millions of individuals living in the U.S. with diabetes that take injections," said Amparo Gonzalez, RN, BSN, CDE, president of the AADE.
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