Patients’ Involvement in Diabetes Management by care providers have been found to improve success rate recorded by their Caregivers.
This view was expressed by the duo of Roche Diabetes Care Regional and Sales Manager, East and West Africa as well as the Marketing Manager Roche Diabetes Care, Gyedu Mubarak and Adeniyi Adetola at a media conversation in Lagos.
Mubarak noted that from aggregates of experts clinical researches in East and West Africa, it has been found that when patients are directly involved in Diabetes Management such as participating in monitoring and managing their glucose level helps providers record more successes in care.
Adetola pointed out that outcomes of localized reviews indicate that about 70% of Nigerians living with diabetes are undiagnosed because there is no consciousness in the population to have self-glucose monitoring.
“Even the few who are diagnosed and are being managed sometimes fail to achieve control of their blood Glucose because there is no consciousness to personalize treatment and allow them take charge through self-monitoring”, said Adetola
He attributes the non-compliance to treatment and achievement of target Glucose level to ignorance on both sides of the patient and care givers.
Mubarak attributed the peculiar outcomes in Diabetes Management to failure of most caregivers to focus on educating the patient to embrace personalized care.
“By personalized care, we advocate focus on structured education, self-monitoring of blood Glucose level, decision support, data evaluation, therapy and, data assessment, said Mubarak
He noted that for many care givers in Nigeria, after self-monitoring of blood glucose if at all recommended, often progress straight to Therapy, leaving out the use of decision support tools which would have helped harness information from the glucometers used by patients and furnished the Healthcare providers with enough information to optimize therapy.
According to Mubarak, when well informed, a patient is better empowered to understand the importance and interrelationship of food, medication and activities on their blood glucose readings in his Diabetes Management.
“If self-monitoring of blood glucose is well done, a lot of money can be saved while the patient will be saved the ordeal of being placed on a therapy they may not need,” argued Mubarak.
For Adeola, Diabetic patients in Nigeria are challenged by financial constraints which make the management of the condition and expected blood sugar control rather difficult to achieve.
Adeola also pointed out that caregivers in Nigeria sometimes develop “therapeutic inertia” in diabetes management.
According to him, because of their heavy schedule, doctors rarely spend enough time with patients and this affects those living with diabetes most as they are denied the opportunity to review with their healthcare providers enough information that would help them achieve glycemic control.
He noted that Roche Diabetes Care has been able to introduce Decision Support tools such as the Accu-Chek paper tool 360 View and the Accu-Chek SmartPix Software in the management of Diabetes.
Both tools he said assist patients in providing better diabetes management between them and their careers by allowing for quick therapeutic decisions on the part of the caregivers, and optimization of therapy.
Roche he said, will soon launch the latest brand, the Accu-Check Instant System to make personalized care more accessible.
“Our vision is: ‘by 2025, we will help people with diabetes everywhere in the world think less about their daily diabetes routine so they can get true relief, day and night”’ he said.