Diabetes is one of the most common diseases caused by metabolic disorders. This disease is not definitive, but it can be controlled. Successful diabetes control depends largely on patient self-care because more than 95 percent of diabetes care is done by the patient himself. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect Blended training on comparison with in-person training on self-care behaviors in type 2 diabetes patients.
This study was a quasi-experimental study with two groups of blended training and in-person training in which 60 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomly divided into blended training and in-person groups. Data were collected by standard questionnaires of SDSCA (Diabetes Self-Care Behavior Inventory). For the blended training group, blended training programs were implemented and the in-person training group received the training in person at the health center. The results were analyzed by SPSS 16 software.
Before the intervention, the mean and standard deviation of self-care score in the in-person training group was 3.3 ± 0.74 and three months after the intervention was 3.87 ± 0.99, In the blended training group before the intervention, the mean and standard deviation of self-care was 3.56 ± 0.64 and three months after the intervention was 4.6 ± 0.85, this difference was statistically significant in both groups. But this increase was in favor of blended training.
The results of this study showed that the use of blended training method is more effective in increasing the self-care of patients with type 2 diabetes than the in-person training. Therefore, the use of this method in controlling and reducing the complications of the disease is recommended in patients with type 2 diabetes.