Study on Pattern of Self-Management Practices in Patients of Diabetes in Rural Population in Aligarh


  • Uzma Eram
  • Ambika Saraswat
  • Salman shah



self carepractices, diabetes, management.


Self care involves all decisions which individuals, families,take for their own health particularly their own physical and
mental well being. Staying fit, exercising, avoiding hazardous behavior etc. will all compound to self care.The aim of
this study is to find the pattern of self care management practices in patients of Diabetes. A cross sectional study was
done in registered villages of Rural Health Training Centre and 316 population was covered. All patients of the selected
non communicable diseases above 18 years of age were selected who gave their consent. Self care practice assessment
was done by including: Diabetes specific section including SDSCA measure - Summary of Diabetes Self- Care Activities
Questionnaire. The findings showed that the prevalence of self-care practices in patients of diabetes was not very high.
Slightly more than 50% diabetics were following good levels of self-care practices. Individual levels of self-care practices
like medication, physical activity/ exercise, adequate diet, risky behaviours of tobacco intake and alcohol consumption,
monitoring blood pressure/ blood sugar/ symptoms of COPD, weight management etc. showed varied prevalence.
Mostly the patients with any non-communicable disease were found adherent to their medications. In patients of
diabetes; age group, presently attending any health facility for disease management and receiving health care provider’s
advice for lifestyle modifications were associated significantly with self-care practices.

Author Biographies

  • Uzma Eram

    Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, J N Medical College, AMU, Aligarh

  • Ambika Saraswat

    MD in Community Medicine, JN Medical College, AMU, Aligarh,

  • Salman shah

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine JN Medical College, AMU, Aligarh,




How to Cite

Study on Pattern of Self-Management Practices in Patients of Diabetes in Rural Population in Aligarh. (2024). Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 15(1), 372-377.