Achieving best practice in management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, which requires long duration of treatment and multiple therapies, remains a major challenge in primary health care settings worldwide. As healthcare costs continue to rise, much attention has been placed on ensuring good prescribing practice to optimize patient care within available resources. An essential component of evaluating and improving diabetic care is the assessment of drug prescribing standards and quality of care. It is in this context that this study was conducted.
Embu Provincial General Hospital, Kenya
Risk factors for diabetes among patients seeking health services at Embu Provincial general Hospital, Embu District, Eastern Province, Kenya
Diabetes Mellitus is a debilitating chronic disease associated with multiple complications which can lead to disability and premature death. WHO has projected a 170% increase in Diabetes prevalence by the year 2025 in developing countries. DNCD estimates the prevalence of the disease to be 6% (1.8 million) in Kenya. Embu District recorded a marked increase in the number of Diabetes cases between the years 2001 and 2005 (from 265 in 2003 to 316 in 2004- a 19% increment).