Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24257634) assessed the prevalence of painful diabetic peripheral (PDN) and its impact on quality of life and patient satisfaction with their treatment. The cross section study evaluated 71 subjects with Type 1 or type 2 diabetes (age 45 – 85 years). Although 22% of the subjects reported a diagnosis of PDN from their physician, 54% reported symptoms of burning, aching, or tenderness in their hands, arms, legs, or feet. Only 14% of these patients were receiving treatment for their symptoms. Among subjects reporting symptoms of PDN, over half reported some level of interference with their sleep and a similar percentage stated dissatisfaction with their current treatment. The authors conclude that PDN may be substantially underdiagnosed and undertreated; which represents a potential opportunity for pharmacists to help patients with diabetes achieve a better quality of life.