Health Desk-- May 20, 2017: Despite receiving treatment at specialised diabetic centres, most of the diabetic patients in Bangladesh have no proper knowledge about controlling the disease and medication use, says a new study of icddr,b.
With an aim to explore patients’ perspective on medication adherence to diabetes type 2 in Bangladesh, Principal Investigator Dr Shariful Islam, a senior research investigator from the non-communicable diseases division at icddr,b, and colleagues conducted the study.
Diabetes is a major public health problem in Bangladesh and causes healthcare burden for the patients, society and nation, according to Dr Shariful Islam.
It is imperative to understand patients’ perspective on diabetes and its importance to adherence to medications for glycemic control in order to promote optimum diabetes care, he said.
This suggested that proper diabetes management requires greater efforts to educate diabetic patients about the disease and ensure that patients carry out proper self-management.
The International Diabetic Federation (IDF) estimates that by 2030, Bangladesh will emerge as one of the countries with largest number of people with type 2 diabetes.