Influence of Diabetes Knowledge and Perception on Diabetes Management Behaviour among the Igala of Nigeria

By Samuel Ojima Adejoh.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper documents statistically the relationship between diabetes knowledge, diabetes perceptions and diabetes management behaviour among a sample population of Igala (Nigeria) respondents. The qualitative data reveals that there are misconceptions among the respondents that diabetes is caused by such things as excessive consumption of refined sugar and evil spirits. The data also reports that respondents believe the diabetes is curable using local herbs from competent herbalists. This study concludes that for the population studied, health care providers and other related bodies involved in promoting better diabetes management should target improving diabetes knowledge and perceptions of those living with the condition and dispelling the misconceptions.

Keywords: Diabetes Education, Diabetes Management, Igala, Nigeria

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.227-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 662.229KB).

Samuel Ojima Adejoh

Assistant Lecturer, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Samuel Ojima Adejoh is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he teaches the Sociology of Medicine, and Research Methods courses to undergraduates. He earned both his B.Sc.and M.Sc.degrees in Sociology from the University of Ibadan and is currently pursuing a doctoral student there. His special areas of interest include medical sociology, enviromental sociology, social demographics, social work and research methods.

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