Research brief: Competent children have 'poor glycaemic control'

Children with type-1 diabetes who manage their condition competently according to their parents have poor glycaemic control, suggest UK study findings. The survey of 78 parents of children aged six to 12 years who had type-1 diabetes showed that poor glycaemic control, as determined by an annual HbA1C, was associated with parents thinking the condition was not that serious and with less frequent blood tests. Children with good self-efficacy, according to their parents, were also more likely to have poor metabolic control (Arch Dis Child 2006; 91: 487-90).

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