The Necessity of Teaching Diabetic Patients the Correct way of Insulin Administration: A Clinical Trial to Improve Glycemic Control

Authors

  • Khalid Ibrahim Al- Lehibi *Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, FRCP (Edin), Specialized Center for Endocrinology & Diabetes, Baghdad.
  • Yousif Abdul Raheem Assistant Professor. Head of Community and Family Medicine Department, FICMS/CM Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad
  • Ibtisam Shilbah Hussein ***Chief Nurse , Specialized Center for Endocrinology & Diabetes, Baghdad

Keywords:

glycemic control,, A1 c,, injection technique.

Abstract

Background: It is important to achieve good glycemic control to avoid long-term diabetic complications. It has been largely debated about the role of correct way of insulin administration to get the desired glycemic control.
Objective: To evaluate the effect of teaching diabetic patients who are on insulin therapy the correct way of injecting insulin and its effect on glycemic control.
Methods: A non randomized clinical trial with 820 diabetic patients on insulin therapy on whom A1 c estimation was performed before and after three months of teaching them the right injection technique.
Results : Sixty seven patients (8.17%) had A1 c 6.5% before they were enrolled in the study while the majority (753 patents, 91.82%) had A1 c 6.5% and the last group showed the best benefit of teaching them the correct way of injection when compared with first group (P= 0.0001). Also patient with age 20-40years showed the best results (P=0.0001), while the poorest results were observed in those aged 40 years and above.
Conclusion: Teaching patients the right injection technique is important to achieve good glycemic control in those who already had poor one.

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Published

2012-06-30

How to Cite

Al- Lehibi, K. I., Abdul Raheem, Y., & Hussein, I. S. (2012). The Necessity of Teaching Diabetic Patients the Correct way of Insulin Administration: A Clinical Trial to Improve Glycemic Control. AL-Kindy College Medical Journal, 8(1), 136–144. Retrieved from https://jkmc.uobaghdad.edu.iq/index.php/MEDICAL/article/view/629

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