Preparedness of Diabetic Patients for Receiving Telemedical Healthcare: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Arpit Singh
Oshin Puri
Pratyush Kumar
Vishnu B Unnithan
Asmitha Reddy
Shravya A
Dr. Monika Pathania

Abstract

Introduction


The advent of telemedicine comes with certain technological requirements the availability, accessibility & affordability of which might prove to be a hurdle in employing tele-medical solutions for day-to-day care.


 


Objective


To understand the feasibility of telemedicine among diabetic patients by assessing Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards diabetes management & Tele-preparedness of Diabetic patients.


 


Method


Patients aged >18 years participating in Free Diabetes Screening Camps, either previously diagnosed with diabetes or undiagnosed with a random blood sugar level of more than 200 mg/dL were interviewed regarding their Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Preparedness for Telemedicine.


 


Result


Among n=223 (females 52.01%, mean age 57.21±13.68 years) patients, only 11.65% knew the normal blood glucose range, 73.09% were taking oral hypoglycemics & 15.69% were on Insulin Therapy. 67.26% considered taking their medicine very important. 15.24% had physical limitations (08.52% in walking, 02.69%% in hearing & 01.79% in vision) that affected their ability to perform self-care. 58.74% were having comorbidities out of which Hypertension (30.49%), was the most prevalent. When assessed for self-care behavior 49.32% participated in regular exercise (walking, jogging & yoga, being the most common) and 41.25% agreed that physical exercise is very important for diabetes. In terms of Tele-preparedness, 64.57% were technically equipped and capable of independently operating video conferencing applications. 51.56% of the population had Glucometers in their homes, out of which only 46.95% (n=54) were able to use Glucometers themselves.


 


Conclusion


While most of the study population were aware of the importance of regular monitoring for Diabetes and practiced self-care behavior, challenges like lack of technical resources and their utilization still remain a limitation and need to be tackled for strengthening the care of such patients through Telemedicine.

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How to Cite
Singh, A., Puri, O., Kumar, P. ., B Unnithan , V., Reddy, A., A, S. and Pathania, M. (2022) “Preparedness of Diabetic Patients for Receiving Telemedical Healthcare: A Cross-Sectional Study”, Journal of Asian Medical Students’ Association. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Available at: https://jamsa.amsa-international.org/index.php/main/article/view/481 (Accessed: 3December2022).
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Scientific Posters (EAMSC 2023 Nepal)

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