Perception about insulin therapy among diabetic patients attending outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital in Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Saheli Mukherjee
Saheli Saha
Soham Ahammed
Ritesh Pariary
Palash Sardar
Ritam` Basu
Saptarshi Pal
Priyanshu Paul
Sampriti Samanta
Sharmistha Bhattacherjee

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Background: Initiation of insulin therapy in diabetic patients is commonly met with resistance. The study was carried out to explore the willingness and perception of insulin therapy among diabetic individuals. Materials & methods: It was a hospital based, descriptive study, conducted among 273 insulin naïve diabetic patients who attended the outpatient department of medicine in a tertiary care hospital of Darjeeling. Individuals who have previously used insulin were excluded. Pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Results: This study shows a high level of insulin therapy refusal (67.77%) in the study population. Majority of the participants expressed the refusal because of fear of injection, worsening of diabetes, complications, side effects, problems in lifestyle adaptations, difficult to fulfil responsibilities at work, discouragement from the others etc. Conclusion: The high proportion of insulin refusal could be averted by increasing awareness and sensitizing patient about insulin therapy.

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Mukherjee S, Saha S, Ahammed S, Pariary R, Sardar P, Basu R, et al. Perception about insulin therapy among diabetic patients attending outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital in Darjeeling, West Bengal. RJUMS [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 13 [cited 2024 May 25];1(2). Available from: https://esrfrjums.co.in/index.php/main/article/view/30
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Saheli Mukherjee, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Saheli Saha, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Soham Ahammed, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Ritesh Pariary, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Palash Sardar, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Ritam` Basu, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Saptarshi Pal, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Priyanshu Paul, North Bengal Medical College

MBBS student (batch 2020-2025)

Sampriti Samanta, Tamralipto Govt Medical College

Senior Resident, Dept. of Community Medicine

Sharmistha Bhattacherjee, North Bengal Medical College

Associate Professor, Dept of Community Medicine

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Mukherjee S, Saha S, Ahammed S, Pariary R, Sardar P, Basu R, et al. Perception about insulin therapy among diabetic patients attending outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital in Darjeeling, West Bengal. RJUMS [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 13 [cited 2024 May 25];1(2). Available from: https://esrfrjums.co.in/index.php/main/article/view/30

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