The influence of socio-demographic characteristics on the preferred format of patient education delivery in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus or Cardiovascular disease: a questionnaire study
Research question: What is the impact of socio-demographic factors on patient preference for education format in cardiovascular disease and diabetes? Why? Patient education can help facilitate self management and lifestyle change and also reduce the anxiety and distress associated with a chronic health condition. When patients were consulted regarding the topic for the research, they unanimously agreed that having high quality and relevant educational information about their condition was very important, and supported research that sought to improve this. What? Patient education is available in multiple different formats including online, print and telephone. I have undertaken a review of systematic reviews of online patient education in cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which highlighted that little analysis had been possible of which sociodemographic groups do use these interventions. This was highlighted as a important area for future research as gaining a better understanding of who uses particular educational interventions can help us design them with users in mind. This study was designed to address this research gap. Who? Any adult patient with a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes would be eligible for inclusion in the study. Where and how? Participation will simply involve completion of a 10 minute questionnaire. Patients would be offered the questionnaire to complete at a range of sites - GP practices, Retinal screening clinics, charity led patient groups, via online link or mail out to patients who have previously participated in research and have indicated that they would like to be contacted about future studies. The Questionnaire is anonymous and asks for basic demographic data as well as preferences regarding format of patient education. A subset of participants will form a pilot group who will be given 2 copies of the questionnaire, which they will be requested to complete 2 weeks apart, which will be used to assess questionnaire validity.