Table 3

Recommendations suggested by focus group participants to overcome barriers faced by those with diabetes and/or hypertension




⇒ Practice moderation, allowing occasional indulgences


⇒ Improved attitude

⇒ Take the whole patient into account

⇒ More empathy for patients dealing with lifestyle challenges

⇒ Provide more information

Health Care System

⇒ Better customer service especially at polyclinic pharmacies and with appointment scheduling.

⇒ Improve continuity of care

⇒ Special care and priority for patients with diabetes and hypertension comparable to that given to asthmatics

⇒ Patient education to improve self-management skills

⇒ Introduction of a patient version of diabetes and hypertension guidelines

Wider society

⇒ Lower cost "healthy" foods such as fruits and vegetables

⇒ Access to exercise facilities -affordable, available and supervised exercise programmes

⇒ Support and education groups aimed at patients and their families

⇒ Education of the general public so that they may assist people with diabetes e.g. in emergencies, and as a means of primary prevention (school programmes to influence eating habits, prominent bill boards like those for AIDS prevention)

Adams and Carter BMC Family Practice 2011 12:135   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-135

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