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Table 1 Background characteristic of diabetic patients on follow-up at JUSH, November 2009

From: Assessment of quality of care given to diabetic patients at Jimma University Specialized Hospital diabetes follow-up clinic, Jimma, Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency %
Age (years)   
   15 - 34 62 18.8
   35 - 64 212 64.4
   ≥ 65 55 16.7
Gender   
   Male 195 59.3
   Female 134 40.7
Occupation   
   Unemployed 115 35.0
   Farmer 93 28.3
   Employed (paid work) 106 32.2
   Student 15 4.6
Literacy status   
   Illiterate 112 34.0
   Non-formal education 14 4.3
   Elementary 105 31.9
   High school 57 17.3
   Above high school 41 12.5
Type of diabetes   
   Type 1 117 35.6
   Type 2 212 64.4
Family history of diabetes   
   Yes 67 20.4
   No 262 79.6
Duration since diagnosis (years)   
   1-5 157 47.7
   6-10 106 32.2
   ≥ 11 66 20.1
Blood glucose on each visits   
   Not done 5 1.5
   FBS 312 94.8
   RBS 12 3.6
Access for SMBG   
   Yes 18 5.5
   No 311 94.5
Access for drugs*   
   Free 321 97.9
   Paid 7 2.1
  1. RBS - random blood sugar, SMBG - self monitoring of blood glucose, FBS - fasting blood sugar
  2. *One patient was not taking any glucose lowering agent and was not included.