Relationship among social support, treatment adherence and metabolic control of diabetes mellitus patients

Lilian Cristiane Gomes-Villas Boas, Milton Cesar Foss, Maria Cristina Foss de Freitas, Ana Emília Pace
2012 Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem  
This cross-sectional and quantitative study aimed to analyze the relationship among social support, adherence to non-pharmacological (diet and physical exercise) and pharmacological treatments (insulin and/or oral anti-diabetic medication) and clinical and metabolic control of 162 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Data were collected through instruments validated for Brazil. Social support was directly correlated with treatment adherence. Adherence to non-pharmacological treatment was
more » ... atment was inversely correlated with body mass index, and medication adherence was inversely correlated with diastolic blood pressure. There were no associations between social support and clinical and metabolic control variables. Findings indicate that social support can be useful to achieve treatment adherence. Studies with other designs should be developed to broaden the analysis of relations between social support and other variables.
doi:10.1590/s0104-11692012000100008 pmid:22481721 fatcat:djmq55mab5bmjgq5sd65fow7yu