Burden of Treatment

Development of an Instrument to assess Treatment Burden

The burden of treatment represents the challenges associated with everything patients do to care for themselves.

For example: visits to the doctor, medical tests, treatment management, and lifestyle changes...
Patients with chronic conditions find it difficult to integrate everything asked of them in their everyday life (between work, family life and/or other obligations).

Most doctors are unaware of the remarkable efforts patients must make in order to care for themselves.

143 minutes per day
This is the time it could take patients with type 2 diabetes to take care of themselves if they were to follow every doctors’ orders.


To improve patient care, new effective and less burdensome treatments must be developed!


Thanks to your participation, we have better understood the burden of treatment for patients with chronic conditions.

Study results have been published in BMC MEdicine (free article available here).