Encouraging phone calls between patients with diabetes and similar self-care needs can help them better manage their blood sugar levels, according to a US study.
Researchers studied 244 patients, some of whom received usual care by a nurse and some had additional peer support.
The peer group met to discuss their goals and were matched to another patient of similar age and were advised to talk with their peer partner once per week. After six months, the peer support patients had an average HbA1C level 0.58 percentage points lower than the other group.
Researchers said it could be a low-cost method of giving patients more one-on-one support.