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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Community and Home Care
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health