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Patient Interest in an Independent Diabetic Support Group Initiated by Volunteers in Medicine Clinic

1 August 2004


Context: Through grant funding, diabetic patients of Volunteers In Medicine Clinic have had an opportunity to attend monthly diabetic educational classes. Following 10 months of group sessions the patients are "graduated" from the program. Many graduated patients have expressed interest in continuing to attend the group sessions.

Objective: To determine patient interest in an independent support group, following completion of the educational group sessions provided by the clinic. In addition, information gathered from the patients will assist the clinic in determining how often people would prefer to meet, and what topics patients are interested in discussing during these meetings.

Research Design and Methods: Data was collected from patients that have attended diabetic education group sessions via a telephone survey consisting of 10 questions. A contact list of 37 patients was obtained. The primary outcome measure was patient interest in attending a diabetic support group. Secondary outcomes included how often to meet and specific topics patients would like to discuss during the meetings.

Results: Of the 37 subjects, 18 were contacted and consented to complete the survey, 1 subject refused. Of the 18 subjects, 94% expressed interest in participating in a support group. The majority (62.5%) agreed to meeting every month and 50% were interested in meeting any day of the week. Topics of interest included; exercise (81.3%), meal planning (93.8% interest), and recipe sharing (81.3% interest).


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