Mahaboob Pasha1, Archana Dambal2, S. T. Kalsad3, Sunanda Halki4
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common non-communicable diseases in India. It is one of the diseases in which patient self-care has an important role in long-term outcome. Patient self-care directly depends on level of awareness about the disease, especially knowledge regarding prescribed medications. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to know the level of awareness about prescribed medications and lifestyle modification in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. This study was conducted in a government hospital in Belagavi over a period of two consecutive months. Out patients with type2 diabetes mellitus were interviewed and data collected. RESULTS AND OBSERVATIONS: The knowledge regarding diabetes mellitus is less among the patients. Awareness, particularly to prescribed drugs & lifestyle modification advice was poor. Complications of diabetes were less in those who were aware about the disease & prescribed medications. CONCLUSION: These findings may suggest poor awareness of diabetes/prescribed medications/lifestyle modification. However further research on the topic and clinical trials to overcome the same may give some clues to overcome the problem.