Background Diabetes is identified as one of the most important healthcare challenges for many countries. The high prevalence of prediabetes with its long asymptomatic phase of the disease are strong arguments for screening. Currently, such tool is not routinely used in the clinical settings in Kazakhstan.
Objectives We developed a screening tool for prediabetes among Kazakh population. This screening tool includes family history, dietary and other lifestyle risk factors. The aim of this pilot project is to gather feedback and comments from doctors about the application of this new tool.
Methods Based on qualitative methods, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 9 doctors. Participants were purposively selected based on their roles and clinical experience in diabetes management.
Results All the respondents agreed that using screening tool at the early stage will be a useful healthcare intervention strategies. Cost-effectiveness was one of reasons suggested for using screening tools. Participants discussed each part of the screening tool which was included in the questionnaire, assessed their importance and applicability. Some of the health professionals in our study noted some barriers to developmental tool in general, which included difficulties with interpretation and self-management.
Conclusions Based on the findings, the new tool will be potentially useful as a diagnostic tool at the early stage, allowing individuals with undiagnosed diabetes to seek timely medical care.
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