|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 128
Fatma M Mokabel, Shadia F Aboulazm, Hanan E Hassan, Mona F Al-Qahtani, Seham F Alrashedi, Fatma A Zainuddin
Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, College of Nursing, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
|Date of Web Publication||3-May-2018|
Prof. Fatma M Mokabel
Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, College of Nursing, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, P. O. Box 1982, Dammam 31441
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mokabel FM, Aboulazm SF, Hassan HE, Al-Qahtani MF, Alrashedi SF, Zainuddin FA. Author's Reply. J Fam Community Med 2018;25:128
We thank the critical reviewer for his interest in our study entitled, “The efficacy of a diabetic educational program and predictors of compliance of patients with noninsulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia” and we appreciate his comments. Please find below our point-wise clarifications to the three points raised by him.
- Our study sample came from patients who attended the Outpatient Diabetic Clinic at King Fahd Hospital of the University on referral from the Endocrinology Clinics and diagnosed as type-2 diabetes. One of the criteria set by the researchers for the inclusion of subjects in this study was that the patient should be newly diagnosed and should be attending diabetic outpatient for the first time. That means that the patients would not have had any educational session before study intervention. Therefore, poor diabetes-related knowledge in the Diabetes Mellitus patients at baseline would not be due to the lack of effective health communication or the result of resource-poor settings with heavy patient load.
- We agree with you, because there is no direct link of adherence to foot care on improved glycemic control although there is a correlation between the two; foot care is an important self-care practice which has a direct bearing on the patient's glycemic control.
- [Figure 1] shows that there was an increase in the patients' knowledge of diabetes after regular attendance at three sessions of the educational program regardless of the educational background of the patients. A further study of the relationship between the educational level and knowledge of diabetes of diabetic patients is required.
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