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Factors that influence the intended intensity of diabetes care in a person-centered setting.

Vugt, H.A. van, Heymans, M.J.W.M., Koning, E.J.P. de, Rutten, G.E.H.M. Factors that influence the intended intensity of diabetes care in a person-centered setting. Diabetic Medicine: 2020, 37(7), 1167-1175
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To assess the intended intensity of Type 2 diabetes care and the factors associated with that intensity of care after the annual monitoring visit in which a new person-centred diabetes consultation model including shared decision making was used.

We conducted an observational study in 1284 people from 47 general practices and six hospital outpatient clinics. Intensity of care (more, no/minimal change, less) was based on monitoring frequency and referral to other care providers. We used multivariable analyses to determine the factors that were independently associated with intensity of care. Care providers also reported three factors which, in their opinion, determined the intensity of care.

After the consultation, 22.8% of people chose more intensive care, 70.6% chose no/minimal change and 6.6% chose less intensive care. Whether care became more intensive vs not/minimally changed was associated with a high educational level (odds ratio 1.65, CI 1.07 to 2.53; P=0.023), concern about illness (odds ratio 1.08; CI 1.00 to 1.17; P=0.045), goal-setting (odds ratio 6.53, CI 3.79 to 11.27; P<0.001), comorbidities (odds ratio 1.12, CI 1.00 to 1.24; P=0.041) and use of oral blood glucose lowering medication (odds ratio 0.59, CI 0.39 to 0.89; P=0.011). Less intensive care vs no/minimal change was associated with lower diabetes distress levels (odds ratio 0.87, CI 0.79 to 0.97; P=0.009). According to care providers, quality of life, lifestyle, person’s preferences and motivation, glycaemic control, and self-management possibilities most frequently determined the intended care.

In person-centred diabetes care, the intended intensity of care was associated with both disease- and person-related factors.