Knowledge and awareness of diabetes mellitus among patients in a tertiary care hospital in Southern India

Yogesh Vohra, Vinay Patidar, Aaron Alexander, Girish Thunga, Sreedharan Nair, Vijaynarayana Kunhikatta, Raviraja Acharya, Swathi Bhatt, Kesia Shaji Oomen, Alekhya Lavu, Akansha Kumar

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To assess the knowledge and awareness about the risk factors, complications and management of Diabetes among patients (diabetic and nondiabetic) visiting medicine out-patient department of a hospital. A survey was conducted using a structured questionnaire (Diabetes Knowledge and awareness Questionnaire) validated by seven experts on 120 patients visiting the medicine department. Diabetic patients were further assessed for the practice they follow in order to control diabetes. The knowledge of the patients was assessed using set of 5 questions. Most people were aware of the disease called as diabetes (75.8%) and risk factors (83.3%). Level of knowledge between diabetics and non-diabetics was analysed regarding risk factors, complication and management and was found to be higher in case of diabetics. Practices regarding foot care were found to be on the down side. More number of educational programs is required to enhance the level of knowledge and awareness in a country where cases of diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-431
Number of pages7
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Tertiary Healthcare
Medical problems
Tertiary Care Centers
India
Diabetes Mellitus
Risk Management
Medicine
Hospital Departments
Diabetes Complications
Foot
Outpatients
Surveys and Questionnaires

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Knowledge and awareness of diabetes mellitus among patients in a tertiary care hospital in Southern India. / Vohra, Yogesh; Patidar, Vinay; Alexander, Aaron; Thunga, Girish; Nair, Sreedharan; Kunhikatta, Vijaynarayana; Acharya, Raviraja; Bhatt, Swathi; Oomen, Kesia Shaji; Lavu, Alekhya; Kumar, Akansha.

In: Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2016, p. 425-431.

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