Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Psychological Impact of Diabetes Less Intense on Children

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Psychological Impact of Diabetes Less Intense on Children

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COPENHAGEN -- Parents of children with type 1 diabetes intensely experience the psychological impact of the disease, according to new study findings.

"Both parents and children may need counseling to help them cope with worries associated with the disease," Douglas C.A. Taylor said at the annual meeting of the European Society for the Study of Diabetes.

The study, supported by Sanofi-Aventis U.S., was part of a baseline assessment of participants who were enrolled in a 24-week randomized clinical trial comparing insulin glargine to twice-daily intermediate-acting insulin, said Mr. Taylor, who is director of health economics and outcomes research for i3 Innovus, in Medford, Mass.

A total of 175 children and adolescents (aged 9-17 years), and one parent of each, answered either the youth or the caregiver modified versions of the Diabetes Quality-of-Life Measure, a self-administered questionnaire gauging life satisfaction, diabetes worry, and diabetes impact.

Life satisfaction questions assessed issues such as disease management, checkups, treatment, flexibility, and family burden of diabetes. Disease impact questions asked about embarrassment related to the disease, interference of the disease on family, school, and leisure. …

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