Knowledge attitude and practice about diabetes among patients with diabetes attending medicine OPD of tertiary care hospital at Kulasekharam

Praythiesh Bruce


Background: Diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death as per the World Health Organisation in the year 2030. The public health concern in developing countries is diabetes. In adults the prevalence of diabetes globally has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014. The knowledge regarding the diabetic drugs can be improved by group education and patient counselling.

Methods: The study was conducted on diagnosed cases of diabetic patients visiting Medicine OPD SMIMS, Kulasekharam, Tamil Nadu. In this study, convenient sampling was done and was conducted from May 2016 to October 2016 using a pre tested, semi‐structured questionnaire.

Results: 200 diabetic mellitus patients were enrolled during the study period. The knowledge score of the patients was found to be 23.00±1.22, attitude score was 8.00±1.22 and practice score was 8.00±1.22 out of maximum possible scores of 25, 10 and 10 for knowledge, attitude and practices respectively. Knowledge scores had a strong association both with attitude as well as practice scores (p<0.05).

Conclusions: Knowledge, Attitude, Practice of diabetic patients was very good.


Diabetes mellitus, SMIMS, KAP study

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