Evaluations of knowledge, skills and practices of insulin storage and injection handling techniques of patients in Ethiopian primary hospitals

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Adeladlew Kassie NetereSewunet Admasu Belachew

Abstract

Background: Insulin is an effective drug for blood sugar controls. Nonetheless, it is very sensitive and destroyed with many external factors if not properly handled. Diabetic patients could be benefited if adhered and properly implemented insulin delivery recommendations. Lack of knowledge, skill, and irrational practices on appropriate insulin delivery techniques can result in therapeutic failure and increases costs of therapy. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, skills and practices of insulin storage and injection technique of patients. Methods: Interview based cross-sectional study was conducted in conveniently selected participants in Northwest Ethiopian primary hospitals from March 1, 2019 to May30, 2019. Knowledge levels were assessed with dichotomous outcomes and practice was measured by administering a 4-point Likert scale structured questionnaire through face-to-face interviews. Finally, a five-point item observational (demonstration) techniques checklist assessed patients’ skills. Results: Of the total 166 participants, 54.8% were males and the mean age was 38.46±13.8 years. The overall patients’ median knowledge and practice levels on insulin storage and handling techniques were moderately ...Continue Reading

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