Association of diabetes knowledge with glycemic control and self-care practices among Pakistani people with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Allah Bukhsh, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Muhammad Sarfraz Nawaz, Hafiz Sajjad Ahmed, Kok Gan Chan, Bey Hing Goh

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    Objective: This study explored the relationship of disease knowledge with glycemic control and self-care practices in adult Pakistani people diabetes (PWD). Methods: People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (n=218) were selected from three health care centers, located in different cities of Pakistan. Disease knowledge and self-care practices were assessed by Urdu versions of Diabetes Knowledge Questionnaire (DKQ) and Diabetes Self-Management Questionnaire (DSMQ), using a cross-sectional design. Chi-square and correlation analysis were applied to explore the relationship of disease knowledge with glycemic control and self-care practices. Linear regression was used to explore the predictors for disease knowledge. Results: Majority of the sample was >45–60 years old (48.8%), suffering from type2 diabetes mellitus for <5 years (49.5%) and had poor glycemic control (HbA1C≥7%; n=181 participants).Diseaseknowledgewassignificantlyassociated(p<0.05)withpatient’sgender,levelof education, family history of diabetes, nature of euglycemic therapy, and glycemic control. Correlation matrix showed strongly inverse correlations of DKQ with glycated hemoglobin levels (r=−0.62; p<0.001) and strongly positive with DSMQ sum scale (r=0.63; p<0.001). PWD having university-level education (β=0.22; 95% Confidence Interval (CI) 0.189, 0.872; p<0.01), doing job (β=0.22; 95% CI 0.009, 0.908]; p=0.046), and use of oral hypoglycemic agents in combination with insulin (β=−0.16; 95% CI [−1.224, −0.071]; p=0.028) were the significant predictors for disease knowledge. Conclusion: Disease knowledge significantly correlated with glycated hemoglobin levels and self-care activities of PWD. These findings will help in designing patient-tailored diabetes educational interventions for yielding a higher probability of achieving target glycemic control.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1409-1417
    Number of pages9
    JournalDiabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
    Volume12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2019

    Keywords

    • Glycated hemoglobin
    • Glycemic control
    • HbA1c
    • Knowledge
    • Self-management

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