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TAF Prev Med Bull. 2008; 7(3): 223-230

Type 2 Diabetic Patients' Attitudes about Care and Treatment and Factors Affecting the Attitudes

Asiye,Kartal, M.,Gülçin,Çağırgan, Havane,Tığlı, Yasemin,Güngör, Nilay,Karakuş, Mevlüt,Gelen.

BACKGROUND: This research was planned as a descriptive study for the purpose of determining attitudes of Type 2 diabetic patients towards their care and treatment.
METHOD: The sample was comprised of 110 diabetic patients who came to the Turkish Diabetes Society, Denizli Office, Diabetes Center between March 1 and May 15, 2007. Data collection tools used in the study was a questionnaire to determine the illness-related descriptive characteristics and the Diabetes Attitude Scale to determine the attitudes towards care and treatment. Data were analyzed using SPSS 11.0 software.
RESULTS: In this study 58.2% of the patients were female, 41.8% were male and 33.6% were primary school graduates. Their mean age was 56.44 ± 12.12 years. Compliance with treatment for 48.2% of the patients was at the average level. The patients had a low level of positive attitudes towards their care and treatment. The female patients' mean score from the tool was 3.42 ± 0.57 and the male patients' was 3.61 ± 0.29. As a result of the statistical analysis it was determined that there were statistically significant relationships between level of compliance with treatment and status of being careful with diet and their diabetes attitude (p

Key words: Type 2 diabetes, care and treatment, diabetic attitude

Article Language: Turkish English

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