Knowledge of Diabetes in Geriatric Patients attending Hospitals in Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Keywords:Diabetes Knowledge, Geriatric patients,Knowledge, Diabetes Mellitus,Hospitals, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Diabetes mellitus is a persistent disease in Bangladesh, which reportedly has a strong proportion of 7.1
million diabetics over 60 years old. Limited knowledge is a significant variable which affects and mainly
preventsthe development and progression of diabetes. In order to determine the awareness of Type 2 diabetes
among Geriatric patients in selected Dhaka hospitals, this cross-sectional clinical study was performed
between May and August 2018. The research was carried out among 450 diabetic type 2 patients >60 years
of age from three urban and suburban Dhaka hospitals. Data is obtained by standardized questionnaires faceto-face interviews. The average age was 64.86 ± 4.65 years for the respondents. 56 percent of the research
participants were guys. With 34.2% of respondents who did not attend school and just 13.8% of graduates,
education was low. Much of the respondents (63.56 percent) referred to diabetes. The awareness level of
respondents with signs (80.7%), risk factors (84.4%), avoidance (84%), and management (71.6%) was low.
Just 8.7 percent heard the risks of diabetes. The overall awareness score for the participants was recorded
as fair (18.9%), decent (30.7%) and bad (50.4%). The awareness score was closely linked to schooling and
diabetes period (p<0.01). The research indicated a lack of information among respondents. Geriatric diabetes
patients with more diabetes treatment needs. It may also be argued that repeated enhancement and inspiration
in combination with diabetes health education will contribute to a positive awareness improvement.
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