In a new study, researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based intervention may improve quality of life among people with diabetes and chronic pain.
The research was conducted by a team at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
The team examined 195 participants with diabetes and chronic pain.
These people joined either a three-month, peer-delivered, telephone-administered program or a control group.
Content either focused on integrating CBT principles to improve physical activity, functional status, pain, and quality of life or was a general health advice program (control group).
The researchers found that compared with controls, intervention participants had greater improvement in functional status, pain, and quality of life.
There were no big changes in physiologic measures in either group.
A greater proportion of intervention participants reported no pain or did other forms of exercise when pain prevented them from walking for exercise at three months compared with controls.
The findings suggest that this CBT-based intervention could improve functioning, pain, quality of life, and self-reported physical activity despite the pain in people with diabetes and chronic pain.
It can be delivered in rural and under-resourced communities and help more people with diabetes.
The lead author of the study is Susan J. Andreae, Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
The study is published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
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