With its ever increasing prevalence, diabetes is now part of the daily life of many Canadians. Diabetes affects many different aspects of the life of those who have it, and, on the whole, may have a significant impact on quality of life (QoL).
This study seeks to understand how people today are managing their diabetes inclusive of lifestyle modifications, medications taken, usage of technology, as well as access to healthcare, available treatment options and related social benefits. A key objective of this study is to better understand the impact of the decisions we make as a society will have on the quality of life of Canadians with diabetes.
A new element in the 2014 edition of this study includes an assessment of patients’ usage of Apps (e.g. diet & exercise, BG monitoring, compliance, and other diabetes Apps) in diabetes management to identify the top Apps, frequency of use, and potential gaps. The study further seeks to identify the Apps most commonly used by type of patient, therapy, blood glucose monitor, and any relationships that may exists between App usage resulting impact/influence on the patients’ disease management strategy. An assessment of social media usage will also be included in the technology section of this study.
The results of this study can be used by healthcare organizations and pharmaceutical companies to develop specific strategies to support healthcare professionals in helping diabetes patients better manage their condition, as well as to inform patient directed marketing, educational and support programs.