Can a peer support intervention improve type 2 diabetes outcomes?

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide and the burden associated with diabetes complications poses a serious threat to global health and national health systems. Austria, a country of 8.47 million in Central Europe, is estimated to have a diabetes prevalence of 9.27%.1 Austria had an estimated 4,705 deaths due to diabetes in 2013; a rate of 12 citizens a day.1 Spending on diabetes as a percentage of Austria’s total health expenditure was 10% in 2011.2


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