Self-reported access to and quality of healthcare for diabetes : Do the severely obese experience equal access?

Dixon,J, Browne,J, Rice,T, Jones,K, Pouwer,F and Speight,J 2014, Self-reported access to and quality of healthcare for diabetes : Do the severely obese experience equal access?, Australian Family Physician, vol. 43, no. 8, pp. 552-556.

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Title Self-reported access to and quality of healthcare for diabetes : Do the severely obese experience equal access?
Author(s) Dixon,J
Browne,JORCID iD for Browne,J
Speight,JORCID iD for Speight,J
Journal name Australian Family Physician
Volume number 43
Issue number 8
Start page 552
End page 556
Total pages 6
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication East Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0300-8495
Keyword(s) Delivery of healthcare
Diabetes mellitus
Quality of healthcare
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Primary Health Care
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Summary Background: Given reported pejorative views that health professionals have about patients who are severely obese, we examined the self-reported views of the quality and availability of diabetes care from the perspective of adults with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), stratified by body mass index (BMI). Methods: 1795 respondents to the Diabetes MILES - Australia national survey had T2DM. Of these, 530 (30%) were severely obese (BMI ≥35 kg/m2) and these participants were matched with 530 controls (BMI <35 kg/m2). Data regarding participants' self-reported interactions with health practitioners and services were compared. Results: Over 70% of participants reported that their general practitioner was the professional they relied on most for diabetes care. There were no betweengroup differences in patient-reported availability of health services, quality of interaction with health practitioners, resources and support for selfmanagement, or access to almost all diabetes services. Discussion: Participants who were severely obese did not generally report greater difficulty in accessing diabetes care.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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