COVID-19 pandemic, medical attention, and self-care of patients with type 2 diabetes at a Peru-based hospital: An analytical cross-sectional study
Jorge Calderón-Ticona 1 2 , Kennlly Josseph Cardoza-Jiménez 1 * , Giannina Katiza Quispe-Pachas 1 2 , Christian R Mejia 3
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1 Archbishop Loayza National Hospital, Lima, PERU2 Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, PERU3 Universidad Norbert Wiener, Lima, PERU* Corresponding Author


Background: To determine the association between coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), medical attention and self-care of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) at the Archbishop Loayza National Hospital.
Methods: This analytical cross-sectional study, involved interviewing 181 T2DM patients and recording their actions regarding three aspects–self-care measures, medical care, and spending on medicines–before and during the pandemic. The relationships between the variables were established using descriptive and analytical statistics.
Results: During the pandemic, self-care decreased to 37%; 26% had access to medical care. Patients in the provinces experienced better self-care (Lima: 35%; Provinces: 61%; p=0.002). Patients with comorbidities also took good care of themselves (with comorbidities: 41%; without comorbidities: 29%; p=0.036).
Conclusions: COVID-19 had a negative influence on T2DM patients regarding self-care and medical care. One out of four patients received medical care. Additionally, being outside Lima and having comorbidities were associated with better self-care during the pandemic.


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Article Type: Original Article

ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2023, Volume 20, Issue 4, Article No: em498

Publication date: 01 Jul 2023

Online publication date: 12 Apr 2023

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