A study of the level of knowledge about diabetes management of low-income persons with diabetes

Phyllis Kemper, Christine L. Savage, Paula Niederbaumer, Jean Anthony

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Diabetes education has proven to be an effective intervention for the management of diabetes. Persons with lower education levels, the majority of whom have low incomes, receive less diabetes self-management education (DSME) than their peers. This study compared the diabetes knowledge level of low-income adults who did not have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma with those who did. We conducted a survey among residents of 4 low-income neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Ohio, using a cross-sectional descriptive design. Surveys included information related to diabetes self-management and level of education. The only questions for which there was a significant difference between the 2 groups were those pertaining to the causes and treatment of hypoglycemia. Survey results were used to validate the need for a DSME program for low-income adults in Cincinnati, Ohio. A DSME program was developed specifically for persons with low literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-239
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)

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