Doctors Underestimate Patient Willingness to Get to Target A1c Quickly 

DiaTribe has a brief report on a recent survey sponsored in part by Sanofi, a maker of at least five diabetes drugs.

From diaTribe:

“Of the 1,000 adults with type 2 diabetes surveyed, 55% said they were willing to do more to accelerate progress toward their A1c goal, including more frequent doctor visits and changing medications. Meanwhile, of 1,004 endocrinologists, primary care physicians, and other medical professionals surveyed, only 18% thought people with type 2 diabetes would be willing to make such efforts. That’s an alarming three-fold discrepancy!”

Source: Goal Mismatch: Doctors Underestimate Patient Willingness to Get to Target A1c Quickly | diaTribe

The survey was online. Whether online survey-takers are similar to usual clinic patients is a matter of debate.

Steve Parker, M.D.

One response to “Doctors Underestimate Patient Willingness to Get to Target A1c Quickly 

  1. This survey does not tell us much. As Steve points out it was an online survey and online surveys will attract a different sort of respondent than telephone or face to face surveys.

    Also as in any survey of this type the surveyors have to rely on the respondents telling the truth so that makes the results even more unreliable.

    Having said that it does not surprise me that so few diabetes specialists and others in the medical industry believe that patients are keen to improve their a1cs etc as it is in my experience that doctors etc are hopelessly out of touch with their patients and think we’re such idiots that we’re incapable of any form of sensible thought about our diabetes or indeed anything to do with our health.

    I was lucky to once have a doctor who went against this trend. At my first meeting with him he said. “Well, what do you think is wrong with you?”

    He noticed the surprise on my face and added “I find that patients often know what’s wrong with even if it’s on a subconscious level and if I can tease this out it helps me with the correct diagnosis.”

    Oh, that more doctors would have that healthy attitude!