Effects of Diabetes Management on the Patients' Income and Their Families Seeking Care

  •  Njeri. S. Ngacha    
  •  Julie McDonald    


Diabetes and different non-communicable diseases, including cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular ailment, are the fundamental causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Diabetes affects persons, relatives, groups in health care, and the authorities’ agencies that provide care, and those consequences possibly disable groups and retard countrywide monetary increase. The extra cost in diabetes management is associated with a higher cost of treating past due diabetic complications, which lead to monetary loss due to lost person-days or misplaced financial possibility. The overall objective of this study was to determine the effects of diabetes management on the patients' incomes and their families seeking care at St. Mary’s Mission Hospital, Nairobi. This study drew on descriptive study design, involving quantitative and qualitative methods, particularly closed and open questions. The sample size was 269 respondents included in the study through purposive and convenient sampling. These sampling techniques were preferred in this research since data was gathered from the respondents during their visit to the hospital. The researcher collected data through interviewer-administered questionnaires containing both open and closed questions. Qualitative data was grouped, coded, and categorized, picking on cross-cutting issues, then compiled, analyzed, and interpreted data. Quantitative data was coded then entered into Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22 for windows. SPSS was used to run frequency distributions and cross-tabulations for analysis and interpretation, and Microsoft Excel was used for graphical presentation. The study established that diabetes management is costly and not affordable to many patients. Hence, it affects the social well-being of the patients and their families. The study recommends free or affordable and available medication for diabetes patients, and continuous awareness programs for patients, family members and the community across all Counties to address the influence of diabetes management on the patients, families, and the Nation. This would contribute to the social well-being of the patients and their families and the Nation's economic development.

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