Introduction: Stress management plays an important role in improving metabolic control in type 2 diabetes
patients. The aim of this study was to find the effect of educational intervention on improving stress management in type 2
diabetic patients in Dezful, Iran.
Methods: In an experimental study, 92 patients with Type 2 Diabetes, who referred to the Diabetes Clinic of Ganjavian
Hospital of Dezful were selected by available sampling method. Then, they were randomly divided into two groups: 46 as
intervention and 46 as control. For the intervention group, a stress management training program was designed for one
month (8 sessions), while there was no training for the control group. All participants filled the Cohen Perceived Stress
Questionnaire (PSQ) in baseline and follow up (3 months) phases. All the data were analyzed using SPSS software by
conducting independent t- test, and paired sample t- test, and Chi-square test at a significant level of 0.05.
Results: The mean age of participants was 52.70 ± 10.91 years. Pre-test data revealed that there was no significant
difference between the stresses of the two groups (P> 0.05); however, the results of the independent t-test, 3 months after
educational intervention, demonstrated a significant decrease in stress level in the intervention group compared to the
control group (P <0.05).
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, it is concluded that the design and implementation of health education
interventions can be useful to improve the stress management in people with Type 2 Diabetes.