LEVEL OF MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DIABETES AMONG RURAL DIABETICS OF HARYANA

Dr. Shiba, Meena Rajput, Komal Singhania, Seema Verma

Abstract


Background: Myths and misconceptions about diabetes influence patient’s decision of seeking treatment and longer a person lives with misconceptions, the worse their health outcomes are likely to be.

Materials and Methods:  Cross-sectional study was carried out from September 2016 to January 2017 among known diabetics more than 18 years of age. A total of 400 diabetics were chosen from rural field practice area attached to PGIMS, Rohtak.

Results:  Among 400 rural participants, 212 (53%) were males and 188(47%) were females. Majority of rural participants were found to have moderate level misconception 312(78%) followed by 50 (12.5%) having high level misconceptions about Diabetes.

Conclusion: The present study confirmed the presence of large number of myths and misconceptions about diabetes and its treatment. The reasons for prevailing myths and misconceptions are multifactorial.


Keywords


diabetes, myths, misconceptions, treatment

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