*Dr. Saranya Nagalingam, Dr. Balaji Arumugam, Sudharsson K. and Rohith Khanna D.


Research Question: Are you emotionally deprived because you are diabetic? Background: “Diabetes”- the preponderant metabolic disease that transforms an individual to morbidity. The populace are concern and have awareness about the harmful effects of diabetes associated with other co-morbid illnesses. But they are ignorant about the risks of emotional distress that are caused by diabetes. Objectives: To assess the prevalence of Emotional burnout among diabetic patients and its associated risk factors. Materials and Methods: This study was done as a hospital based cross sectional study using pre-tested questionnaire among known diabetic patients of all ages and both gender in a randomly selected Diabetic care hospitals using PAID scale questionnaire. The calculated sample size was 100 and the individuals were interviewed after getting proper informed consent. The data was entered in MS excel sheet and analysis was done using SPSS software. Results: Approximately 112 known diabetic patients were interviewed of which 53% were males with the mean age of 57 years and 78% of them were on oral hypoglycemic drugs while 22% were on Insulin treatment. Majority 80 (71.4%) of them consult a diabetologist for treatment. Sleep disturbances were present among 30% and diabetic complications were seen among 11% of the study participants. As far as the glycemic status was concerned the recent mean fasting and post-prandial blood glucose was 152 and 246 respectively. Emotional burn out among the study participants was found to be 21% and it was associated with duration of diabetes, diabetic complications and treatment duration. Conclusion: This study has explored the burden of Emotional distress among the diabetic population which was moderately high, suggesting that diabetic patients need not only diet counselling and also psychological counselling to live with the disease.

Keywords: Diabetes, PAID Scale, Depression.

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