Global mapping of interventions to improve quality of life of people with diabetes in 1990–2018

Bach Xuan Tran, Long Hoang Nguyen, Ngoc Minh Pham, Huyen Thanh Thi Vu, Hung Trong Nguyen, Duong Huong Phan, Giang Hai Ha, Hai Quang Pham, Thao Phuong Nguyen, Carl A. Latkin, Cyrus S.H. Ho, Roger C.M. Ho

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Improving the quality of life (QOL) of people living with diabetes is the ultimate goal of diabetes care. This study provides a quantitative overview of global research on interventions aiming to improve QOL among people with diabetes. A total of 700 English peer-reviewed papers published during 1990–2018 were collected and extracted from the Web of Science databases. Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) analysis was undertaken to categorize papers by topic or theme. Results showed an increase in interventions to improve the QOL of patients with diabetes across the time period, with major contributions from high-income countries. Community-and family-based interventions, including those focused on lifestyle and utilizing digital technologies, were common approaches. Interventions that addressed comorbidities in people with diabetes also increased. Our findings emphasize the necessity of translating the evidence from clinical interventions to community interventions. In addition, they underline the importance of developing collaborative research between developed and developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1597
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Content analysis
  • Diabetes
  • Interventions
  • QOL
  • Scientometrics
  • Text mining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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