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Diabetes Attitude Questionnaire for People with Diabetes

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Diabetes Attitude Questionnaire for People with Diabetes

    University of Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center

    Diabetes Attitude Survey

    Below are some statements about diabetes. Each numbered statement finishes the sentence “In general, I believe that...” You may believe that a statement is true for one person but not for another person or may be true one time but not be true another time. Mark the answer that you believe is true most of the time or is true for most people. Place a check mark in the box below the word or phrase that is closest to your opinion about each statement. It is important that you answer every statement.

    Note: The term “health care professionals” in this survey refers to doctors, nurses, and dietitians.

     Strongly Strongly

     Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Disagree

    In general, I believe that:

1. ...health care professionals who

     treat people with diabetes should

     be trained to communicate well

     with their patients.

2. ...people who do not need to take

     insulin to treat their diabetes have

     a pretty mild disease.

3. ...there is not much use in trying to

     have good blood sugar control

     because the complications of

     diabetes will happen anyway.

4. ...diabetes affects almost every

     part of a diabetic person’s life.

5. ...the important decisions regarding

     daily diabetes care should be made

     by the person with diabetes.

6. ...health care professionals should

     be taught how daily diabetes care

     affects patients’ lives.

    DAS3; Diabetes Research and Training Center ? University of Michigan, 1998

    University of Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center

     Strongly Strongly

     Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Disagree In general, I believe that:

    *7. ...older people with Type 2

     diabetes do not usually get

     complications.

    8. ...keeping the blood sugar close to

     normal can help to prevent the

     complications of diabetes.

    9. ...health care professionals should

     help patients make informed

     choices about their care plans.

    10. ...it is important for the nurses

     and dietitians who teach people

     with diabetes to learn

     counseling skills.

    11. ...people whose diabetes is treated

     by just a diet do not have to worry

     about getting many long-term

     complications.

    12. ...almost everyone with diabetes

     should do whatever it takes to keep

     their blood sugar close to normal.

    13. ...the emotional effects of diabetes

     are pretty small.

* Type 2 diabetes usually begins after age 40. Many patients are overweight and weight loss is often an

    important part of the treatment. Insulin and/or diabetes pills are sometimes used in the treatment.

    Type 2 diabetes is also called noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM; formerly it was

    called “adult diabetes.”

    DAS3; Diabetes Research and Training Center ? University of Michigan, 1998

    University of Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center

     Strongly Strongly

     Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Disagree

In general, I believe that:

    14. ...people with diabetes should

     have the final say in setting their

     blood glucose goals.

    15. ...blood sugar testing is not needed

    * for people with Type 2 diabetes.

    16. ...low blood sugar reactions make

     tight control too risky for most

     people.

    17. ...health care professionals should

     learn how to set goals with patients,

     not just tell them what to do.

    18. ...diabetes is hard because you

     never get a break from it.

    19. ...the person with diabetes is the

     most important member of the

     diabetes care team.

    20. ...to do a good job, diabetes

     educators should learn a lot about

     being teachers

    *21. ...Type 2 diabetes is a very

     serious disease.

    22. ...having diabetes changes a

     person’s outlook on life.

* Type 2 diabetes usually begins after age 40. Many patients are overweight and weight loss is

    often an important part of the treatment. Insulin and/or diabetes pills are sometimes used in

    the treatment. Type 2 diabetes is also called noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or

    NIDDM; formerly it was called “adult diabetes.”

    DAS3; Diabetes Research and Training Center ? University of Michigan, 1998

    University of Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center

     Strongly Strongly

     Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Disagree

    In general, I believe that:

    *23. ...people who have Type 2

     diabetes will probably not get

     much payoff from tight control

     of their blood sugars.

24. ...people with diabetes should

     learn a lot about the disease so that

     they can be in charge of their own

     diabetes care.

    * 25. ...Type 2is as serious as

     Type 1 diabetes.

26. ...tight control is too much work.

27. ...what the patient does has more

     effect on the outcome of diabetes

     care than anything a health

     professional does.

28. ...tight control of blood sugar

     makes sense only for people

     with Type 1 diabetes.

* Type 2 diabetes usually begins after age 40. Many patients are overweight and weight loss is often an

    important part of the treatment. Insulin and/or diabetes pills are sometimes used in the treatment.

    Type 2 diabetes is also called noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM; formerly it was

    called “adult diabetes.”

Type 1 diabetes usually begins before age 40 and always requires insulin as part of the treatment.

    Patients are usually not overweight. Type 1 diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

    or IDDM; formerly it was called “juvenile diabetes.”

    DAS3; Diabetes Research and Training Center ? University of Michigan, 1998

    University of Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center

     Strongly Strongly

     Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Disagree In general, I believe that:

    29. ...it is frustrating for people with

     diabetes to take care of their

     disease.

    30. ...people with diabetes have a right

     to decide how hard they will work

     to control their blood sugar.

    31. ...people who take diabetes pills

     should be as concerned about their

     blood sugar as people who take

     insulin.

    32. ...people with diabetes have the

     right not to take good care of their

     diabetes.

    33. ...support from family and friends

     is important in dealing with

     diabetes.

Revised 12/18/98

    DAS3; Diabetes Research and Training Center ? University of Michigan, 1998

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