Diabetes Monit 2002;3(3):270-279.
노인 당뇨병 환자의 가족지지와 삶의 질
최윤정, 김형방, 김문규, 심명숙, 이준상, 김미진, 정춘희
Family Support and Life Quality in Elderly Diabetic Patients
Yoon Jeoung Choi, Hyung Bang Kim, Moon Kyu Kim, Myoung Sook Shim, June Sang Lee, Mi Jin Kim, Choon Hee Chung
Abstract
Background
With the extension of average life span of human being by rapid medical development and robust economical growth, lifestyle of the domestic individual have become westernized causing an increase in the prevalence of diabetes. Nowadays, working females, no-kid couples and old people who live alone are increasing. This study was carried out to investigate the family support, quality of life and social welfare of old age diabetic patient Methods: The study was carried out in 147 diabetics over the age of 60 .at the Wonju Christian Hospital. Treatment and psychological support as well as emotional, physical and socioeconomic quality of life were investigated. Results: First, 50.3% of the old age diabetics were no-children couples and 9.5% lived alone. Second, 51.7% were receiving aid from their spouses and 12.9% had no one to ask for aid. Third, 68.0% replied `yes` to the `necessity of social welfare services` category, 22.5% replied `not sure` asked for leisure activities. Fourth, 43.7% of the old aged diabetics replied `no` to the `did your family accompany you to the education programs?` category. The reliability index for the treatment support was 0.8934. Fifth, the reliability index for family support and psychological support recorded as 0.8331. Sixth, men took more meaning in the physical(p<0.05) and socioeconomic of life(p<0.01) categories and education levels seemed to take much influence from `level of school education taken` category. Seventh, the reliability index for emotional and physical quality of life recorded as 0.681 and the index for socioeconomic quality of life recorded as 0.7521. Judging from the results above, the quality of life for old age diabetic patients can be improved if the `reliance on family` index of the family support and quality of life categories are increased. Conclusion: Family support is crucial in old age diabetic patients in order to improve their quality of life.
Key Words: Elderly diabetes, Quality of life, Family support


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