A study to determine the effectiveness of a learning activity package for the adult with diabetes mellitus

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In spite of the recognized significance of the diabetic's knowledge and understanding of all phases of his health problems, studies have demonstrated a considerable lack of knowledge on the part of the diabetic patient. To investigate the effectiveness of the learning activity package (LAP) as a method for patient education, a pilot study was conducted with diabetics admitted to a general, acute care hospital facility. The pre- and post-test scores of an experimental group of four patients, newly-diagnosed as diabetic and who were taught about their disease utilizing a LAP, were compared with those of a control group which consisted of four patients who had been diagnosed as diabetic for a year or longer. Even though the significant findings of this study is limited because of lack of randomization and the small sample size, several advantages of the LAP, as a method of patient education, were demonstrated.

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