Perception and attitude of insulin usage in Diabetes mellitus type 2 patients in Pakistan: A questionnaire based study

Author : Mudassar Hussain, Syed Baqir Shyum Naqvi, Maqsood Ahmed Khan, Syed Monis Jawed, Muhammad Akram

The prime concern of this study is to analyze the perception and attitude of diabetes patients about usage of insulin. The study was conducted in Karachi Pakistan; the patients were taken from all socio-economic groups. A pre-tested and validated questionnaire was used to collect the data directly from patients and in some locations conducted interviews. The 885 diabetes patients were selected with convenient random sampling. The statistical analysis was performed on Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The results of study showed that 61.8% patients did not used insulin for diabetes management, and 43.6% patients did not consider insulin as a good choice for diabetes management. The major identified reasons to avoid insulin are high cost of insulin treatment, fear of injection pain, poor quality of life associated with insulin use, insulin addiction, and lack of insulin injection dispensing facility.

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