The status of self-care behaviors among type 2 diabetic patients: a cross-sectional study
Performing self-care behaviors is an essential method that helps the patient to control and manage the disease. The present study was conducted to determine the status of self-care behaviors in patients with type 2 diabetes. In this cross-sectional study, 322 patients with type 2 diabetes referred to comprehensive health centers in Andimeshk city, Iran, were examined. The required data were collected through socio-demographic questionnaires and the summary of diabetes self-care activities (SDSCA) measure. The total self-care score was 59.32±18.54 and at an average level. The highest score was related to the specific diet aspect, and the lowest was assigned to the foot care aspect. Less than a quarter (23.91%) of the patients reported a good self-care level. It seems necessary to plan for continuous and permanent training about self-care activities in patients with diabetes mellitus.