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Diabetes knowledge and glycemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes in Bangladesh

Islam, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful, Niessen, Louis W., Seissler, Jochen, Ferrari, Uta, Biswas, Tuhin, Islam, Anwar and Lechner, Andreas 2015, Diabetes knowledge and glycemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes in Bangladesh, SpringerPlus, vol. 4, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1186/s40064-015-1103-7.

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Title Diabetes knowledge and glycemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes in Bangladesh
Author(s) Islam, Sheikh Mohammed SharifulORCID iD for Islam, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful orcid.org/0000-0001-7926-9368
Niessen, Louis W.
Seissler, Jochen
Ferrari, Uta
Biswas, Tuhin
Islam, Anwar
Lechner, Andreas
Journal name SpringerPlus
Volume number 4
Article ID 284
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Springer Open
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2193-1801
Keyword(s) Diabetes knowledge
Management
Morbidities
Perception
Risk factors
Summary AIMS: To explore the association between knowledge on diabetes and glycemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes in Bangladesh.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 515 patients with type 2 diabetes attending a tertiary hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Trained interviewers were used to collect data on socioeconomic status, time since the onset of diabetes, co-morbidities, anthropometric measurements, blood tests, knowledge and perceptions about the causes, management, and complications of diabetes through face to face interviewers based on a structured questionnaire. Diabetes knowledge was reported using a composite score. Chi square tests and correlation analysis were performed to measure the association between knowledge on diabetes and glycemic control.

RESULTS: Overall, 45.6% participants had good, 37.7% moderate and 16.7% poor knowledge on diabetes. The mean composite score was 0.75 ± 0.28 and the proportion of participants with a score of ≤50% was 16.7%. Only 24.3% participants identified physical inactivity as a risk factor for diabetes. Knowledge on diabetes was significantly associated with education, gender, monthly income, duration of diabetes, body mass index, family history of diabetes, and marital status but not with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Correlation matrix showed weak negative association between diabetes knowledge score and glycemic control (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: Patients with type 2 diabetes in Bangladesh have limited knowledge on the causes, management and risk factors for diabetes, despite receiving professional health education and care in a tertiary diabetic hospital. Strategies to improve the quality of diabetes education and identifying other potential factors for glycemic control are important for ensuring optimum management of diabetes in Bangladesh.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s40064-015-1103-7
Field of Research 110306 Endocrinology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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