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Diabetes knowledge and utilization of healthcare services among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Siddique, Md. Kaoser Bin, Islam, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful, Banik, Palash Chandra and Rawal, Lal B 2017, Diabetes knowledge and utilization of healthcare services among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, BMC health services research, vol. 17, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2542-3.

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Title Diabetes knowledge and utilization of healthcare services among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Author(s) Siddique, Md. Kaoser Bin
Islam, Sheikh Mohammed SharifulORCID iD for Islam, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful orcid.org/0000-0001-7926-9368
Banik, Palash Chandra
Rawal, Lal B
Journal name BMC health services research
Volume number 17
Article ID 586
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1472-6963
Keyword(s) diabetes
healthcare services
health systems
non-communicable diseases
risk factors
Summary Background: Diabetes is a significant global public health concern. Poor knowledge of disease and healthcare utilization is associated with worse health outcomes, leading to increasing burden of diabetes in many developing countries. This study aimed to determine diabetes related knowledge and factors affecting utilization of healthcare services among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Bangladesh.

Methods: This analytical study was conducted among 318 patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) attending two large tertiary hospitals in Dhaka, Bangladesh between August 2014 and January 2015. Interviewer assisted semi-structured survey questionnaire was used to collect data on diabetes knowledge (measured by a validated Likert scale) and self-reported utilization of service for diabetes. Univariate and bivariate analyses were conducted to determine the factors associated with diabetes knowledge and healthcare utilization.

Results: The mean (±SD) age of participants was 52 (±10) years. Majority of the participants were females (58%) and urban residents (74%). Almost two-third (66%) of the participants had an average level of knowledge of T2DM. One-fifth (21%) of the participants had poor knowledge which was significantly associated with gender (P < 0.002), education (P < 0.001) and income (P < 0.001). The median travel and waiting time at the facility was 30 and 45 min respectively. More than one-third (37%) of the participants checked their blood glucose monthly. Most patients were satisfied regarding the family (55%) and hospital (67%) support.

Conclusion: T2DM patients had average knowledge of diabetes which might affect the utilization of healthcare services for diabetes management. Innovations in increasing diabetes knowledge and health behavior change are recommended specially for females, those with lower education and less income.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2542-3
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
0807 Library And Information Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102499

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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