Objective: Recent studies showed that a structured patient therapeutic education (PTE) may decrease both mortality and the development of diabetes complications. Nevertheless, no data are available in the literature on the impact of individual PTE on the complications in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients. Aim of the present randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the impact of individual PTE on the occurrence of macrovascular complications in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients when compared to usual care (UC) and group PTE. Design and methods: Six hundred newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients will be enrolled. The patients will be randomly assigned to one of these three groups: individual PTE, group PTE and UC. A comprehensive and complete PTE will be delivered to all the patients: PTE will include eleven themes. Primary composite endpoint of the study is occurrence of vascular complications, including cardiovascular death, non fatal coronary disease, non fatal stroke, peripheral artery disease. Secondary endpoints are: foot ulcers, amputations, sexual dysfunction, quality of life, microvascular complications, bone health, intensification of diabetes and hypertension therapy. Results and Conclusions: The present trial can give precious information on the features for the most effective PTE.
- Macrovascular complications
- Patient education
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism