A GENDER PERSPECTIVE TO DRUG THERAPY NON-COMPLIANCE AMONG DIABETIC PATIENTS

Atijosan Ayobami, Fajobi Abidemi

Abstract


This study investigated from a gender perspective, analysis of the contributing factors to non-compliance of drug therapy among diabetes patients at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. A self-designed questionnaire was administered and analysis was based on the 150 patients that agreed to participate in the study. Factors contributing to non-compliance with drug therapy observed in this study include; drug cost, care giving responsibilities, poor education, and the notion of feeling well. It was observed that 37.3% of female respondents compare to 27.3 % of male respondents, found it difficult to comply to their drug therapy due to high cost of the drugs. Also, 47.3% of female respondents compared to 10% of male respondents forgot to take their drugs due to child care giving responsibilities. Majority (52%) of female respondents compare to 18% of male respondents forgot to take their drugs due to the high demand of household chores. Furthermore, 32.7% of male respondents compared to female respondents (10.6%) forgot to take their drugs due to the notion that they are feeling well. The study concluded that gender gaps which hinder patients’ compliance to drug therapy should be bridged in order to improve the health care of women.


Keywords


Gender; Drug Compliance; Diabetics; Gender Inequality; Diabetic Drugs

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