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Syed Meraj Ahmed*, Waqas M Sami, Hammam Fahad Alkanhal, Abdulelah Naif Alenzi, Wael Shaman Alotaibi, Khalid Ayidh Alotaibi and Ali Abdullah Almshafi
 
1 Department of Community Medicine, MVP’s Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Nashik - 433023, India, Email: merajahmed10@hotmail.com
2 Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Majmaah 11952, Saudi Arabia
3 Medical Students, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Majmaah 11952, Saudi Arabia
 
*Correspondence: Dr. Syed Meraj Ahmed, Department of Community Medicine, MVP’s Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Nashik - 433023, India, Tel: +918056028572, Email: merajahmed10@hotmail.com

Citation: Ahmed SM, et al. Study of the Prevalence and Risk Factors of Treatment Non-compliance among Elderly Diabetic Patients in Majmaah, KSA. Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2020;10:794-798.

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Abstract

Introduction: Medication noncompliance has a significant effect on morbidity, mortality, and ease of living in diabetic patients. Non-compliance may be associated with patient demographics, the complexity of the drug regimen, dosage frequency, adverse effects, or some combination of these. Aim: To study the prevalence of treatment non-compliance among elderly diabetic patients in Majmaah, KSA. Method: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study among elderly patients registered with the primary health center in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia. Results: Patients with a neutral attitude towards the disease and some knowledge of diabetes were more likely to be non – compliant with their treatment than those who do not have any knowledge of diabetes or with a positive/negative attitude. Conclusion: A high prevalence of non – compliance is still a problem in the treatment of elderly diabetic patients, particularly those who had positive risk factors. Further studies are needed to reduce noncompliance through various ways and means.

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