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Can Psychological Interventions Improve Glycemic Control in Type 1 Diabetes?
Although diabetes is associated with various psychological problems, data on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in improving glycemic control are limited. British investigators performed this systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials of psychological interventions in children (16 studies) and adults (13 studies) with type 1 diabetes.
Interventions were categorized as counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, and family systems therapy. In 10 studies of children and adolescents, glycosylated hemoglobin was reduced significantly in the intervention group compared with the control group (absolute reduction, 0.48%). In 11 studies of adults, the reduction was not significant (absolute reduction, 0.22%). For children and adolescents (but not adults), psychological distress was significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group.
— Keith I. Marton, MD
Published in Journal Watch August 29, 2006
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