Factor analysis of self-treatment in diabetes mellitus: A cross-sectional study

Alavi, N.M. and Alami, L. and Taefi, S. and Gharabagh, G. (2011) Factor analysis of self-treatment in diabetes mellitus: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 11.

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Background: Self-treatment is a treatment of oneself without professional help, which may cause health-related consequences. This investigation examined the self-treatment behaviors in patients with diabetes mellitus in Iran/kashan. Methods. The patients who referred to the clinic of diabetes and those who were admitted to the General hospital in the city of Kashan due to diabetes mellitus were asked to participate in this cross-sectional study. For data collection, The 25 item questionnaire of Likert scale type with four scales was used. Factor analysis was performed to define the patterns of self-treatment. Results: 398 patients participated in the study. The mean age of the study population was 54.9 12.9 years. The majority (97) had type 2 diabetes. 50 of patients reported self- treatment. The self-treatment score was 45.8 8.8 (25-100). Female gender, lower education and co-morbid illnesses of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and cardiac disease had significant relationship with self-treatment. The factor analysis procedure revealed seven factors that explained the 43 of variation in the self-treatment. These seven factors were categorized as knowledge, deficiencies of formal treatments, available self-treatment methods, physician related factors, the tendency to use herbal remedies, underlying factors such as gender and factors related to diabetes. Conclusions: There is a medium tendency for self-treatment in diabetic patients. The assessment of self-treatment practices must be an essential part of patients' management in diabetes care. © 2011 Alavi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; aged; article; attitude to health; cross-sectional study; diabetes mellitus; educational status; factorial analysis; female; health behavior; human; Iran; male; methodology; middle aged; psychological aspect; questionnaire; self care; sex difference, Adult; Aged; Attitude to Health; Cross-Sectional Studies; Diabetes Complications; Diabetes Mellitus; Educational Status; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Female; Health Behavior; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Iran; Male; Middle Aged; Questionnaires; Self Care; Sex Factors
Subjects: Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery > Department of Nursing - Medical Surgical
Depositing User: editor . 2
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 09:28
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 15:19
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/831

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