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Table 6 Clinical follow-up patterns of diabetic patients 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 (%)
Physical examination   
   Weight measurements during the last 3 visits 224 68.1
   Evaluation for DM neuropathy 31 9.4
   Diabetic eye evaluation ever 141 42.9
Recent finding of eye evaluation   
Normal 36 25.5
Cataract/glaucoma 14 9.9
Diabetic retinopathy 26 18.4
No documentation 65 46.1
Investigation over the last 5 years   
   RFT 97 29.5
   Urinalysis 216 65.6
   Lipid profile 16 4.9
   ECG 13 4.0
   Echocardiography 9 2.7
   Ultrasound of the kidneys 13 4.0
Treatments to prevent complications   
   Aspirin 46 14.0
   Lipid lowering drugs 9 2.7
DM related admissions during the last year 39 10.9
   DKA 28 71.8
   Hypoglycemia 2 5.1
   Ulcer or gangrene of extremities 5 12.8
   Stroke 2 5.1
   Other 2 5.1
Documented complications 108 32.8
   DKA 44 40.7
   Peripheral neuropathy 27 25.0
   Diabetic retinopathy 25 23.1
   Diabetic foot ulcer 11 10.2
   Stroke/IHD 12 11.1
   Others 7 6.5
Current symptoms 247 75.1
   Blurring of vision 106 32.2
   Numbness 100 30.4
   Polysymptoms 74 22.5
   Easy fatigability 71 21.6
   Breathlessness/Chest pain/Body swelling 51 15.5
   Foot ulcer/delayed wound healing 22 6.7
   Impotence 15 4.6
   Others 21 6.4
  1. RFT - renal function test, ECG - electrocardiography, DKA - diabetic ketoacidosis, IHD - ischemic heart disease