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Diabetes: Cost Matters, Measuring Financial Burden Makes Difference

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Diabetes: Cost Matters, Measuring Financial Burden Makes Difference.

How many patients does the average community pharmacist see who are nonadherent because they can't afford their medications?

In a study conducted at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health and published in Health Education & Behavior, researchers piloted a financial burden resource tool to determine its feasibility in clinical practice.

The study researchers included 104 patients.

Although more than 70% of participants had at least some college education, the average annual income for their households was less than $40,000 per year for at least half of participants.

After completion of the study, patients were more likely to engage in online diabetes education.

Online education removed this barrier.

The researchers also documented slightly increased levels of conversation about cost between physicians and patients after patients used the financial burden resource tool.

Reference Patel MR, Resnicow K, Lang I, Kraus K, Heisler M. Solutions to address diabetes-related financial burden and cost-related nonadherence: Results from a pilot study.

Health Educ Behav.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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