Published online Feb 15, 2015. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v6.i1.208
Peer-review started: September 9, 2014
First decision: November 3, 2014
Revised: November 24, 2014
Accepted: December 16, 2014
Article in press: December 17, 2014
Published online: February 15, 2015
AIM: To provide an update on glycaemic control in European patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We present the Greek population data of the study.
METHODS: An observational multicenter, cross-sectional study evaluating glycaemic control and a range of other clinical and biological measures as well as quality of life (QoL) and treatment satisfaction in 375 patients with T2DM enrolled by 25 primary care sites from Greece.
RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 63.5 years and the male/female ratio 48.9%/51.1%. 79.7% of the patients exerted none or light physical activity, 82.4% were overweight or obese and 32.9% did not meet HbA1c target of less than 7.0% (53 mmol/mol). Patients reported high satisfaction to continue with treatment, high satisfaction with administered treatment and increased willingness to recommend treatment to others (mean Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire score 29.1 ± 5.6). However, 80% of the patients reported that their QoL would be better without diabetes. Finally, the most challenging parameter reported was the lack of freedom to eat and drink.
CONCLUSION: This analysis of the Greek Panorama study results showed that a considerable percentage of T2DM patients in Greece do not achieve glycaemic target levels, despite the favourably reported patient satisfaction from administered therapy. Additionally, the majority of primary care T2DM patients in Greece depict the negative effect of the disease in their QoL.
Core tip: Diabetes is a common, chronic disease with serious complications. Despite the multiple antidiabetic treatment options and the clear treatment guidelines, a significant proportion of type 2 diabetes patients do not achieve the glycaemic goals. Few studies have examined the quality of life in these patients. PANORAMA was a Pan-European multinational study that provided an update of the glycaemic control and quality of life in patients with diabetes. The Greek results of this study showed that a significant proportion of Greek patients were not under glycaemic control despite the high satisfaction that they had from their treatment. A negative impact of the disease in quality of life was also noted.