diabetes insulin penDiabetes requires extensive self-care and comprehensive knowledge. The management of the disease, including insulin injections and self-control of blood glucose, affects everyday life, thus coping skills are essential. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) may be influenced, particularly diabetes-related influence on HRQOL. 

The association between good metabolic control and risk reduction for late complications is known but despite modern treatment, only one third of the patients reach treatment target. Efforts to increase patients’ and parents’ knowledge are needed to empower them in their self-care.

To read the study in full go to http://www.jmir.org/2013/8/e175/