India, being a rural country, has unique problems regarding the treatment compliance of diabetic patients. This community-based study was undertaken in a rural primary health center area near Chennai (Madras) in order to better understand treatment-seeking behavior, compliance patterns, and reasons for noncompliance among rural diabetics. Compliance was indirectly measured through patient interviews and drug use charts. Of the 112 patients interviewed, 72% had some symptoms at the time of diagnosis, and the majority of them were diagnosed in government health centers. Noncompliance was seen in 57% of the 112 patients interviewed, and reasons were elicited. Interruption of treatment was significantly associated with lack of education. The study identified the lack of a patient-friendly, flexible health care system as the primary reason for noncompliance.
|Journal||Ann N Y Acad Sci|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2002|