International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8--10

Knowledge of diabetes among diabetic patients in government hospitals of Delhi


Saurav Basu1, Megha Khobragade2, DK Raut3, Suneela Garg1 
1 Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Family Welfare Training and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Saurav Basu
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
India

Background: Poor patient knowledge of recommended diabetic self-care practices is a major barrier toward attainment of good glycemic control and prevention of diabetic complications. Materials and Methods: We assessed the knowledge of diabetes self-care practices through a short 7-item pretested questionnaire among diabetes mellitus patients attending special clinics in three government hospitals. Results: The average diabetes knowledge score attained by the patients was 3.79 ± 1.77 (maximum score = 7). Lifetime treatment requirement for diabetes mellitus, plasma glucose levels for good glycemic control, and symptoms of hypoglycemia were correctly reported by 89%, 74%, and 38.5% of the patients, respectively. Low educational status and female gender were significantly associated with poor knowledge of diabetes (P < 0.05). Low level of knowledge of diabetes was a predictor of poor glycemic control but not medication adherence. Conclusion: Knowledge of diabetes in patients attending government hospitals in India is low. Future studies should explore low-cost health education interventions feasible in the Indian health-care context for improving patient knowledge of diabetes.


How to cite this article:
Basu S, Khobragade M, Raut D K, Garg S. Knowledge of diabetes among diabetic patients in government hospitals of Delhi.Int J Non-Commun Dis 2017;2:8-10


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Basu S, Khobragade M, Raut D K, Garg S. Knowledge of diabetes among diabetic patients in government hospitals of Delhi. Int J Non-Commun Dis [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Apr 7 ];2:8-10
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