Group Diabetes Education Has Added Benefits
Diabetes education delivered in a group setting may offer advantages over one-on-one counseling. Of 77,824 adults who had diabetes self-management education in 2006, the majority received individual counseling while the rest either attended group classes or underwent a mixture of both. Participants who attended group sessions were about half as likely as those in individual counseling to visit the emergency room or be hospitalized for high or low blood glucose. Group members were also about a third less likely to require hospital care for foot ulcers or foot infections. A1C testing and statin use were more common among group-class attendees. Group sessions tend to be longer than individual visits and allow people to help each other solve problems, researchers say.
Source: Canadian Journal of Public Health, May/June 2014