Martinez W, Wallston KA, Schlundt DG, Hickson GB, Bonnet KR, Trochez RJ, Elasy TA. Patients' perspectives on social and goal-based comparisons regarding their diabetes health status. BMJ open diabetes research & care. 6(6). e000488. PMID: 29862032 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5969729
Social comparisons (ie, self-evaluation in comparison with others) influence patients' perspectives of their disease and may impact motivation and health behavior; however, little is known about patients' perspectives toward receiving such information in a clinical context (eg, from their doctor's office or health system). This study aims to understand patients' perspectives and anticipated responses to receiving social comparison information regarding measures of their diabetes-related health status (eg, A1C) and how receiving such information would compare with goal-based comparisons (ie, self-evaluation in comparison with goal).