Perceived Adherence to Prescribed or Recommended Standards of Care Among Adults With Diabetes

Wendy A. Jorgensen, Barbara J. Pollvka, Terry A. Lennie

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PURPOSE Adults with diabetes were surveyed to determine the extent to which respondents perceived specific preventive regimens (diet, exercise, weight control, and education) had been prescribed or recommended, adhered to their prescribed regimens, and identified barriers to nonadherence. METHODS Surveys were mailed to 2 samples of adults diagnosed with diabetes. The clinic sample was from health department clinics (n=264); the agency sample was from a nonprofit agency serving people with diabetes (n=1 11). RESULTS Of the 4 preventive measures under investigation, diet plans and weight reduction were perceived as most commonly recommended by health professionals; exercise schedules were the least commonly recommended. Diabetes self-management education was reportedly recommended more often among the agency sample. In terms of adherence, approximately half of both samples were able to lose weight. A smaller portion of the clinic sample was able to get needed foods and exercise, and maintain weight loss. The most frequently cited reasons for nonadherence were cost, transportation, and other health conditions. CONCLUSIONS Improvement in the implementation of preventive behaviors is needed, particularly exercise schedules. Barriers to care, such as costs and transportation, may need special consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-998
Number of pages10
JournalThe Diabetes Educator
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)


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