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dc.contributor.advisor Mabuza, L. H.
dc.contributor.advisor Pretorius, D. Pepe, Banza Kalenga 2013-04-16T09:05:24Z 2013-04-16T09:05:24Z 2010 2010
dc.description Thesis (Family Medicine)) -- University of Limpopo, 2010. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background In the Vanga Health Zone, diabetic patients have idea that diabetes is due to witchcraft, which idea can interfere with the prevention and management of their disease. The purpose of this study was to determine the profile of patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus at Vanga Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Methods A cross-sectional study was designed with use of a questionnaire to a systematic sample of type 2 diabetic patients attending the diabetic clinic of Vanga hospital for at least six months and resident at Vanga health zone. Results Only 2.1 % of the participants believe in a scientific cause for diabetes; 53.5 % of them do not think that their disease is due to the fact that they crossed over a path where some ritual was performed and, 89.2 % of the participants believe that God deserted the person who suffered from diabetes and expect that prayer will rectify the disease. The majority of participants (65.6 %) had poor glycaemic control. Correlation analysis has shown that glycaemia level was not significantly associated with sociodemographic characteristics or health belief factors. Conclusion The majority of patients at the Vanga diabetic clinic have a greater need for management strategies to improve their glycaemic control. Keywords: type 2 diabetes mellitus, health beliefs, knowledge, sub-Saharan Africa, rural en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) en_US
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dc.subject Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 en_US
dc.subject Diabetes Mellitus en_US
dc.title The Profile of patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus at Vanga Hospital, Dr Congo en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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