A group of medical and behavioral science experts used a modified Delphi procedure to rate the importance of diabetic patient self-care behavior, knowledge, and attitude items. These ratings were used to select and rank variables that are important in managing diabetes or in enhancing patient compliance with prescribed self-care activities. Highly rated self-care variables concerning safety, medication, urine testing, nutrition, and hygiene were selected for investigation in later stages of the project. (Appendix A to R-2480.)
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