Quality of life in people hospitalised with type 2 diabetes

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A survey has reported quality of life of data from a cohort of hospitalis patients with type 2 diabetes on either oral antidiabetic agents or insulin regimens.

The study used a questionnaire-based instrument – WHOWOL-BREF – to measure quality of life.  The participants had at least 5 years duration of diagnosis and had been hospitalised due to some form of acute crisis.

For type 2 diabetics on insulin:

  • poor glycaemic control, poor diet and co-morbid diseases were associated with low quality of life.
  • frequent attendance of a clinic had a positive association with better quality of life.

For type 2 diabetics on OADs:

  • presence of complications, co-morbid diseases, lack of clinical attendance and poor weight control were associated with low quailty of life
  • good glycaemic control and place of residence were positively associated with better quality of life.

Appraisal hints

Readers of this research are advised to consider:

  • Was the sampling and recruitment procedure unbiased?
  • The sample population was very specific (hospitalised) and therefore the findings may not transfer to a different patient or population.
  • The individual domains within which results weresanalysed.
  • The spread and patterns of patient experience is as important as the “overall association” reported above.
  • The extent to which the study methods addressed patient-important outcomes.


This is an open access publication, with full-text available for free:

Fal AM, Jankowska B et al.  Type 2 diabetes quality of life patients treated with insulin and oral hypoglycemic medication.  Acta Diabetologica 2011; 48(3): 237-242, DOI: 10.1007/s00592-010-0244-y

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