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Patients' health education and diabetes control in a developing country.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14740276     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We previously reported poor metabolic control in type 2 diabetic patients attending 2 primary care clinics in Trinidad. In an attempt to explain the poor metabolic control, we assessed primary care patients' theoretical knowledge of diabetes control and risk factors. Two hundred fifty-four diabetic out-patients recruited consecutively were asked by questionnaire: (i) if they were aware that family history of diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity and cigarette smoking were diabetes risk factors; (ii) if they knew the benefits of weight loss, exercise and healthy diet in diabetes management, and (iii) what where their common sources of diabetes health information. Although the majority of the patients (81.1%) were unaware that cigarette smoking is a diabetes risk factor, a majority were aware that obesity (66.3%), physical inactivity (73.5%) and being a relative of a diabetic patient (78.7%) constitute diabetes risk factors. Again, the majority of the patients were aware that healthy diet (94.9%), exercise (94.5%) and weight loss (87.4%) are beneficial in diabetes control. While media (48.6%) was the commonest source of diabetes information, doctors and nurses were consulted by 39.9% and 11.0% of patients, respectively. Type 2 diabetic patients in these clinics were well informed about diabetes risk factors and benefits of healthy lifestyle. Given our recent reports on poor metabolic control, application of this theoretical knowledge in controlling their diabetes remains doubtful.
Authors:
C E Ezenwaka; N V Offiah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta diabetologica     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0940-5429     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Diabetol     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-01-23     Completed Date:  2004-03-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9200299     Medline TA:  Acta Diabetol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  173-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Diabetes and Metabolism Research Group, Department of Para-clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Age of Onset
Developing Countries
Diabetes Mellitus / genetics,  prevention & control,  rehabilitation*
Diet / standards
Educational Status
Employment
Exercise
Family
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic*
Weight Loss
West Indies

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