International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Knowledge and Awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy amongst Diabetic Patients in Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya
Martha Wanjiru Mwangi, Gerald Gikonyo Githinji, Felicity Wanjiru Githinji

Abstract
The main objective of this study was to find out the knowledge and awareness of diabetic retinopathy among diabetic patients at Kenyatta National Hospital, Diabetic clinic. Diabetic retinopathy usually occurs due to poor of management of diabetes mellitus and lack of knowledge on the complications of diabetes mellitus. Patients were randomly  and requested to fill questionnaires and for those who were not in a position to fill due to illiteracy or visual disability, the researcher filled the questionnaire for them. Regarding to knowledge and awareness, 83% of the respondents had heard of diabetic eye disease (DED), 60% of those who had heard of DED, knew the relationship between DED and diabetes. Fifty percent of all the respondents went for eye check ups. The results suggest that there is general awareness of diabetic retinopathy amongst a majority of patients (83%), however there is need to increasing awareness amongst diabetic patient.

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