Opinion, knowledge and diet adherence in diabetes

The purpose of this study was to investigate opinions held by diabetic patients concerning diet and disease. Data were gathered using a questionnaire. Twenty-five diabetic patients who were hospitalized at Whittier Hospital, Whittier, California, responded to the questionnaire. Responses were analyzed through frequency analysis, and then by Chi Square using .05 level of significance. Frequency analysis revealed that only 28% of diabetic patients were at desirable weight, although 76% of the patients did not consider themselves overweight. Mean nutrition knowledge of patients who were instructed by dietitians was highest compared to the patients who were instructed by doctors, nurses, or both. Significant associations between opinion of patients regarding the seriousness of diabetes, ideal weight, and their level of adherence were found.

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