T:IME Research

Aim of the research
It is suggested that spending more time with patients is a significant factor that might impact adherence to treatment1. The t:ime (Time: it matters to everyone) study aims to;

  1. identify which health care professionals (HCP) Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) patients prefer to spend more time with
  2. investigate whether it matters which HCPs people with T2D wish to spend more time with
  3. explore what do T2D patients value from time spent with the different HCPs and why

Background to the research
In the UK, approximately 3.4 million people live with T2D2 this represents 7.4% of the UK population3. It has been observed that people with T2D do not adhere to treatment recommendations4. Poor adherence to medication is associated with increased mortality and increased costs of outpatient care5.

The iSAID study explored how UK T2D patients perceived the information they received about managing their diabetes and their medicines. A key outcome of this study was that patients wanted to spend more time with HCPs6. Research has also demonstrated that pharmacists and nurses provide similar or even better care than general practitioners7.

How can you contribute with the research?
We are conducting telephone interviews with people with type 2 diabetes, the interview will be around one hour long and will focus on your views about your time with HCPs.

If you are interested and willing to participate, please contact Miss Elpida Makri, email: rmjleem@ucl.ac.uk or telephone: 07454 953 003

1 Brundisini, F., Vanstone, M., Hulan, D., DeJean, D., & Giacomini, M. (2015). Type 2 diabetes patients’ and providers’ differing perspectives on medication nonadherence: a qualitative meta-synthesis. BMC health services research, 15(1), 516.
2 Hex, N., Bartlett, C., Wright, D., Taylor, M., & Varley, D. (2012). Estimating the current and future costs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the UK, including direct health costs and indirect societal and productivity costs. Diabetic Medicine, 29(7), 855-862.
3 American Diabetes Association. (2013). Standards of medical care in diabetes—2013. Diabetes care, 36(Supplement 1), S11-S66.
4 Osterberg, L., & Blaschke, T. (2005). Adherence to medication. New England Journal of Medicine, 353(5), 487-497.
5 Polonsky, W. H., & Henry, R. R. (2016). Poor medication adherence in type 2 diabetes: recognizing the scope of the problem and its key contributors. Patient preference and adherence, 10, 1299.
6 Halai et al. (2017). Understanding patients’ perceptions of information sources for Type 2 Diabetes management and potential impact on medicines adherence behaviours. (in press).
7 Laurant, M., Reeves, D., Hermens, R., Braspenning, J., Grol, R., & Sibbald, B. (2005). Substitution of doctors by nurses in primary care. The Cochrane Library.

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