STUDY OF LIFE QUALITY AND TREATMENT SATISFACTION OF ROMANIAN DIABETIC PATIENTS
In Romania, antidiabetic medication is free, based on a program of the Ministry of Public Health: “Treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus”. Since October 1, 2006, antidiabetic drugs have been delivered through open circuit pharmacies in contractual relationship with the National Health Insurance House, after four years of centralized delivery through hospital pharmacies.
Objectives: This study aims to describe the influences of the diabetes treatment regarding patients’ quality of life and their satisfaction.
Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was performed in pharmacies. The study includes 477 patients with diabetes mellitus from Cluj County, Romania. The interviewing method was used on a questionnaire base. The participants included in the study admitted to participate in May-June, 2016.
The questionnaire was systematically developed following comprehensive literature review and structured according to 3 main fields: 1) patient demographics; 2) diabetes patient treatment and 3) glycaemia control and patient satisfaction.
Results: The research performed in two months showed that 78% of the respondents used oral antidiabetics for treatment, more than 19% of the inquired patients reached normal glycaemia values following antidiabetic treatment, and about 82% of patients were satisfied with the current system of acquisition of antidiabetic drugs.
Conclusions: The treatment with antidiabetic drugs maintains a relatively good health status. Also, the life expectancy of diabetic patients has increased over the past period.
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