Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-1169
OTERO, Liudmila Miyar; ZANETTI, Maria Lúcia e TEIXEIRA, Carla Regina de Souza. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of a diabetic population at a primary level health care center. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.spe, pp. 768-773. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692007000700009.
This study aimed to analyze the social-demographic, clinical and life habits characteristics of a diabetic population being treated in the primary level of a healthcare center. A total of 52 diabetic patients, enrolled, in 2006, in a Research and Extension Center linked to a University in Sao Paulo, participated in the study. The data were collected through interviews, using appropriated forms, after the patients consent. The results showed other illness associated to diabetes and an unsatisfactory metabolic control. These data can support health professionals' actions in order to effectively prevent and manage diabetes in the basic health services. The conclusion, in face of the obtained results, is that there is the need to develop courses to the health professionals of education in diabetes, aiming to meet the complexity of the care and progression of the disease in this clientele.
Palavras-chave : diabetes mellitus; health education; chronic disease.