Adult Diabetic Patients' Self-Care Levels, Attitudes, and Perceptions Following an Education Program.
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A descriptive study was conducted to evaluate diabetics self-care levels, attitudes, and perceptions following a structured diabetic education program. Subjects consisted of diabetics between 25 and 65 years of age who had attended the 5 day course at a local military medical center between August 1979 and May 1982. Self-care data consisting of blood sugars and weights before and after classes and evidence of diabetic complications after classes were obtained from patients records. Background information and attitudes and perceptions about diabetic education and self-care were obtained by a mailed two-part questionnaire. Questionnaire item analysis and open-ended item responses indicated positive subjective attitudes and perceptions toward diabetic education and some aspects of self-care in a majority of the respondents. The resulting study information serves as a building block for the development of a data base about the relationship between diabetic education and diabetic control.
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