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Escola Anna Nery

versão impressa ISSN 1414-8145versão On-line ISSN 2177-9465

Resumo

ASSUNCAO, Suelen Cordeiro et al. Knowledge and attitude of patients with diabetes mellitus in Primary Health Care. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.4, e20170208.  Epub 21-Nov-2017. ISSN 1414-8145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2177-9465-ean-2017-0208.

Objective:

To evaluate the knowledge and attitude of patients with diabetes mellitus in Primary Health Care and associated factors.

Methods:

Cross-sectional, quantitative and analytical study with 353 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Family Health Strategy units. The Knowledge and Psychological Attitudes Questionnaires were used for data collection, as well as a script with sociodemographic, economic and clinical data.

Results:

The majority of the population was female (73.1%), aged more than 50 years (81.5%), diagnosed for more than five years (54.9%) and with a per capita income of up to half a minimum wage (59.3%). The scores of knowledge and attitude were low. Age (p = 0.001) and level of education (p = 0.002) were variables associated with knowledge about diabetes mellitus.

Conclusion:

Users had a low level of knowledge about diabetes, indicating an unsatisfactory result in self-care and mainly a negative attitude towards coping with this disease.

Palavras-chave : Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus; Knowledge; Attitude to Health; Primary Health Care.

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