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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 372671, 8 pages
Research Article

Interrelation between Patient Satisfaction and Patient-Provider Communication in Diabetes Management

1Institute of Odontology, University of Copenhagen, Section 1, Norre Alle 20, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
2Department of Global Oral Public Health, Institute of Odontology, University of Copenhagen, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark

Received 17 July 2014; Revised 29 October 2014; Accepted 19 November 2014; Published 28 December 2014

Academic Editor: Hugh Silk

Copyright © 2014 Ayse Basak Cinar and Lone Schou. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study aims to assess how patient satisfaction with medical provider-patient communication can affect oral health, diabetes, and psychobehavioural measures among type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients. It is part of a prospective intervention study among randomly selected T2DM patients, in Turkey. The data analyzed were Community Periodontal Need Index (CPI), HbA1c, patient satisfaction with communication, and psychobehavioural variables. Data was collected initially and at the end of the intervention. The participants were allocated to either health coaching (HC) or health education (HE). At baseline, there were no statistical differences between the HC and the HE groups on any of the measures (). Patients in both the HC and the HE groups had low satisfaction with communication. At postintervention, the increase in patient satisfaction with communication in the HC group was significantly higher than that in the HE group (). Principal component analysis revealed that patient satisfaction with communication shared the same cluster with clinical measures (CPI and HbA1c) and quality of life in the HC group. In conclusion, the present study showed, to our knowledge for the first time, that overall patient satisfaction with medical care provider-patient communication, empowered by HC approach, was interrelated with well-being of T2DM patients, in terms of psychobehavioural and clinical measures.