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Effects of insulin initiation on patient-reported outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes: Results from the DURABLE trial

Aim: To examine changes in patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) on oral agents who initiated insulin (insulin lispro mix 25/75 [LM25] or insulin glargine) in the DURABLE trial (n = 580).
Methods: Subjects completed generic and diabetes-specific health-related quality-of-life measures (RAND-36 and Diabetes-39) and a symptom assessment measure (DSC-Revised) at baseline and 6 months post insulin initiation. Mean score change was evaluated. Effect size (ES; Cohen's d) and analysis of covariance were used to examine extent and significance of change both within and between treatment groups.

Results: Subject characteristics were mean age 57 years, males 59%, duration of diabetes 9.6 years, and baseline HbA1c 8.9%. In the total sample, significant (P < 0.01) improvements (with small ES) were observed in four of eight RAND-36 subscales (ES range: 0.13-0.24), three of five Diabetes-39 subscales (ES range: 0.09-0.34), and five of eight DSC-Revised subscales (ES range: 0.15-0.38). While significance of within-group changes varied by treatment, only one subscale (physical functioning for LM25) showed deterioration. The changes were not significantly different (P > 0.01) between regimens for any subscales.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that insulin initiation improves selective PRO in patients with poorly controlled T2DM. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Lee, L. J., Fahrbach, J. L., Nelson, L., McLeod, L., Martin, S. A., Sun, P., & Weinstock, R. S. (2010). Effects of insulin initiation on patient-reported outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes: Results from the DURABLE trial. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 89(2), 157-166. DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2010.04.002