Associations between economic hardship and markers of self-management in adults with type 2 diabetes: Results from Diabetes MILES - Australia

A. O'Neil, E.D. Williams, J.L. Brown, R. Horne, F. Pouwer, J. Speight

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Abstract

Objective:
A socioeconomic gradient exists in Australia for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). It remains unclear whether economic hardship is associated with T2DM self–management behaviours.
Methods:
Cross-sectional data from a subset of the Diabetes MILES – Australia study were used (n=915). The Economic Hardship Questionnaire was used to assess hardship. Outcomes included: healthy eating and physical activity (Diabetes Self-Care Inventory – Revised), medication-taking behaviour (Medication Adherence Rating Scales) and frequency of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG). Regression modelling was used to explore the respective relationships.
Results:
Greater economic hardship was significantly associated with sub-optimal medication-taking (Coefficient: −0.86, 95%CI −1.54, −0.18), and decreased likelihood of regular physical activity (Odds Ratio: 0.47, 0.29, 0.77). However, after adjustments for a range of variables, these relationships did not hold. Being employed and higher depression levels were significantly associated with less-frequent SMBG, sub-optimal medication-taking and less-regular healthy eating. Engaging in physical activity was strongly associated with healthy eating.
Conclusions:
Employment, older age and depressive symptoms, not economic hardship, were commonly associated with diabetes self-management.
Implications:
Work-based interventions that promote T2DM self-management in younger, working populations that focus on negative emotions may be beneficial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-472
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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