Published: 2019-12-25

Prospects of diabetes registry in suburban community of Nigeria: experience at a private general practice

Anthonia C. Okwelum, Eunice O. Igumbor, Otovwe Agofure, Pleasant C. Ndubueze, Kenneth Aninze, Ezekiel U. Nwose


Background: As part of series of advocacy on development of diabetes register, one of the target health facilities is private general practices. In suburban Kwale community Delta State, Donak hospital was chosen to study the process of developing and implementing diabetes register program. Specific objectives include to evaluate the extent of completeness of data for patients follow-up, diabetes services within the private practice based on data collection, prevalence of high blood pressure, and patients’ compliance with medical appointments.

Methods: The study followed a clinical observational method and after necessary ethical considerations, medical information was gotten from the record unit Donak Hospital, Kwale. The patients identified as potential diabetes or prediabetes were contacted for follow-up and 113 (65 females and 48 males) participants consented, all adults. Data collection were those required for a diabetes register proforma and were analyzed using Microsoft Excel Analysis Tool-pack. 

Results: There was no dedicated diabetes register per se except for usual medical records. The private practice has 100% record of contact details and blood pressure completeness for the participants. The scope of service offered to the patients was basically primary healthcare services. Over 50% of the participants have high blood pressure. On the patients’ compliance with medical check-up; only 23% of the participants complied with check-up appointments.

Conclusions: The development of diabetes register in private practices can improve services. These services include documentation of appointments to enable follow-up strategies to encourage compliance to medical check-ups and a record diabetes education that may be provided.


Diabetes register, Documentation of records, Medical check-up, Patient compliance

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