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Title: Eye care utilization among diabetics in the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES‑1): a cross‑sectional study
Authors: Akuffo, Kwadwo Owusu
Asare, Akosua Kesewah
Sewpaul, Ronel
Dukhi, Natisha
Kumah, David Ben
Agyei‑Manu, Eldad
Addo, Emmanuel Kofi
Reddy, Priscilla
Keywords: Eye care utilization
South Africa
Sociodemographic characteristics
Eye care services
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: BMC Research Notes
Citation: BMC Res Notes (2020) 13:407; https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05245-5
Abstract: Objective: Diabetes is a chronic disease of uncontrolled blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing visual impairment and other diabetes-related visual complications. The study aims to determine the eyecare utilization pattern and its associated determinants among diabetics in the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1). Results: The mean age of participants was 56.2 years and 66.6% were females. The prevalence of eyecare utilization among participants was 49.0% and this differed significantly by age groups (p = 0.024) and the number of years since diabetes diagnosis (p < 0.001). After statistical adjustments, older age (55–64 years OR = 4.18, p = 0.003 and ≥ 65 years OR = 4.78, p = 0.002), having health insurance (OR = 6.32, p = 0.002), and having had diabetes for 6–10 years (OR = 4.23, p = 0.005) were significantly associated with eye care utilization. About half of people diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa have had an eye examination since diabetes diagnosis, which is disturbingly low given the impact of diabetes complications on eye health. Government policies must be directed at ensuring access to affordable health insurance and eye health education on diabetes.
Description: An article by BMC Res Notes (2020) 13:407; https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05245-5
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12997
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