Quality of Life and Self-care Behavior Among People Living with Diabetes- A Study from Coastal South India

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Author(s): Laksita Joshi, Darshan Bhagawan*, Ramesh Holla, Vaman Kulkarni, Bhaskaran Unnikrishnan, Faizan Mohamed, Nithin Kumar, Rekha Thapar, Prasanna Mithra, Avinash Kumar

Journal Name: Current Diabetes Reviews

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Background: Diabetes mellitus is a serious chronic condition affecting millions of people globally. The focus of our future health care providers should not lie primarily on increasing the “quantity” of life but also on improving the quality of life of the patient. There has been found to be serious lack of awareness and adherence regarding self‐care for Diabetes in countries like India.

Objectives: To determine the Quality of life and self‐care behavior among people living with diabetes

Methods: A cross‐sectional study was carried out among 190 of all patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type II of duration of one year and more who came to Government Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore. The quality of life was assessed using the WHO BREF questionnaire. Data was entered and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences.

Results: Amongst 190 participants, 151 (79.5%) of them had a good physical and psychological QOL. In social relationship and environmental health domain good quality of life was observed among 81.6% (n=155) and 89.5% (n=170) of study participants respectively. It was noted that out of 190 people with Diabetes only 24 (12.6%) participants inspected their feet daily.

Conclusion: The Quality of Life was found to be good amongst majority of the study participants. Results of the study point that majority of the patients enjoy a good quality of life but also reinstate the importance of self‐care activities for betterment of health.

Keywords: Quality of Life, Self‐Care, Diabetes Mellitus, Environmental health, Cross sectional study, India

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DOI: 10.2174/1573399816666200520101734
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