Diabetes knowledge

Finding out how much someone knows about diabetes is an important step in individualizing diabetes education. There are several surveys that do this, but one of the most well known is the Diabetes Knowledge Questionnaire (DKQ) developed by researchers at the University of Texas in the 1980’s. Quite a bit about diabetes has changed since then and the questionnaire is due for an update. The Cuevas Lab is partnering with Dr. Julie Zuñiga and her team to revise the DKQ and we are in the first steps of this process.

Currently, we are recruiting participants for cognitive interviews so we can better understand what each question on the DKQ means to a you and see how you decide to answer that item. For example, one of the items on the DKA is “Eating too much sugar and other sweet foods is a cause of diabetes.” You can answer yes, no, or I don’t know. In a cognitive interview, we’ll ask you questions like “Why did you answer that way?” or “How did you come up with that answer?” This gives us insight into how the questionnaire items are interpreted so we can revise them to reflect current meanings.

If you’d like to participate, we are offering a $25 incentive to people with type 2 diabetes for completing an interview. Click on our Participate page to ask for more information!