Endocrine Abstracts (2012) 29 N20

Self care practice among diabetic patients attending metropolyclinic, Kathmandu

Radha Acharya & Pratikchaa Chapagain

Department of Nursing, Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, Dhulikhel, Nepal.

Introduction: Diabetes is expected to rise from 177 million today to 370 million in 2030. Self care is a crucial to keep the disease under control. Appropriate self care practice can keep the disease under control.

Objective: The aim of the study was to find out the self care practice among diabetic patients.

Methods: This is a simple descriptive cross-sectional study. A total of 50 respondents, who met eligible criteria were purposively sampled and directly interviewed. Chi-square test was used to see the association. Self care practice of the respondents of this study population was examined using the SPSS version 16.0.

Result: Self care practice among the respondents was not satisfactory. Unsatisfactory self care practice was more than half (56.75%) among adequate knowledge respondents. Among respondents having inadequate knowledge, majority (92.31%) had unsatisfactory practice. Majority (74%) had adequate knowledge and satisfactory self care practice was done by only 34%.

Conclusion: Thus it is concluded that satisfactory self care practice was inadequate. There was significant relationship between self care practice and knowledge regarding diabetes among respondents. Thus the study also concluded that adequate knowledge on Diabetes should be provided to the patients for satisfactory self care practice.

Comments/keywords: self care practice, knowledge, diabetes.

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