Setting diabetes priorities? Talk to your doctor.
PEGGY J. NOONAN - | 11/19/2010, 6 a.m.
Doctors and patients should be in sync and working together to decide what merits top priority in managing a patient's health. But that's not happening for roughly one-third of people who have type 2 diabetes, a study by the University of Michigan Medical School found.
Twenty-eight percent of the 714 doctor-patient pairs participating in the study didn't see eye to eye on prioritizing health conditions.
For example, 38% of doctors considered managing high blood pressure the No. 1 concern for their diabetic patients, but only 18% of patients ranked hypertension that high.
The gap could explain why people with type 2 diabetes don't do a better job of managing their condition, says lead author Donna M. Zulman, M.D. If the patient and doctor don't agree on what's most important, it's hard to come up with an effective treatment plan.