Diabetes Mellitus: Attitudes, Knowledge and Glycaemic Control in a Cross-Sectional Population

J R Coll Gen Pract. 1988 Oct;38(315):450-2.


A questionnaire to households in Oxfordshire identified 431 diabetic patients living in the area and 272 of them completed a questionnaire about their attitudes to and knowledge of diabetes, and were subsequently interviewed. Most did not regard diabetes as a serious disease and had little knowledge of possible complications. Patients found dietary compliance the most difficult part of their treatment. Among non-insulin treated patients there was a significant association between difficulty with diet and body mass index and glycosylated haemoglobin values. The results suggest that there is a need for more effective advice on diet and for better education of patients about the nature of diabetes and its complications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diet therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Education as Topic*