Understanding the barriers and improving care in type 2 diabetes: Brazilian perspective in time to do more in diabetes
Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome
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BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a complex disease, particularly in a continental country like Brazil. We attempted to understand and evaluate the perceptions and routines of Brazilians with T2DM and physicians, compared with other countries. METHODS: We compared the results from a 20-min online survey in Brazil with simultaneously collated data from India, Japan, Spain, UK and USA. RESULTS: In total, 652 adults with T2DM and 337 treating physicians were enrolled, of whom 100 patients and 55 physicians were from Brazil. The numbers of primary care physicians from the five countries were 221 versus 43 in Brazil, diabetes specialists were 61 versus 12. There was disconnect between the opinions of physicians and people with diabetes globally. Further, there were differences between clinical practices in Brazil versus the rest of the world, in many areas Brazilians were performing better. CONCLUSIONS: Communication between patients and physicians should be clearer. There is an urgent need to identify the deficits in education, in order to address the clinical inertia within the diabetes management team. There is a necessity to understand the specific requirements of the Brazilian population in order to contextualise international guidelines and implement local changes in practice.
The online survey was supported by Novartis
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