This article describes the development of a diabetes attitude scale (DAS) that was designed to measure the attitudes of health-care professionals (HCPs). The DAS was developed through the efforts of a national panel of diabetes experts. The panel developed a 60-item scale that was pilot tested and reduced to a 50-item scale. The 50-item scale was then mailed to a national sample of HCPs with an interest in diabetes. The surveys were returned by 633 nurses, 322 dietitians, 116 physicians, and 67 others totaling 1138 returns (a return rate of 54%). The returned surveys were analyzed, and a 31- item DAS composed of 8 subscales resulted. Evidence for the reliability and validity of the 31-item DAS along with the instrument itself are included in this study.

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