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Patient-reported use of collaborative goal setting and glycemic control among patients with diabetes

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Lafata, Jennifer Elston, Heather L. Morris, Elizabeth Dobie, Michele Heisler, Rachel M. Werner, and Levent Dumenci. 2013. "Patient-reported use of collaborative goal setting and glycemic control among patients with diabetes." Patient Education and Counseling, 92(1): 94-99.

Objective: Little is known about how patient-clinician communication leads to better outcomes. Among patients with diabetes, we describe patient-reported use of collaborative goal setting and evaluate whether perceived competency and physician trust mediate the association between collaborative goal setting and glycemic control. Methods: Data from a patient survey administered in 2008 to a cohort of insured patients aged 18+ years with diabetes who initiated oral mono-therapy between 2000 and 2005 were joined with pharmaceutical claims data for the prior 12 months and laboratory data for the prior and subsequent 12 months (. N=. 1065). A structural equation model (SEM) was used to test mediation models controlling for baseline HbA1c. Results: The hypothesized mediation model was supported. Patient-reported use of more collaborative goal setting was associated with greater perceived self-management competency and increased level of trust in the physician (. p<. 0.05). In turn, both greater perceived competence and increased trust were associated with increased control (. p<. 0.05). Conclusions: Findings indicate that engaging patients in collaborative goal setting during clinical encounters has potential to foster a trusting patient-clinician relationship as well as enhance patient perceived competence, thereby improving clinical control. Practice implications: Fostering collaborative goal setting may yield payoffs in improved clinical outcomes among patients with diabetes.

DOI:10.1016/j.pec.2013.01.016 (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC4301400. (Pub Med Central)

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