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ASSUNCAO, Thaís Silva  and  URSINE, Príscila Guedes Santana. A study of factors associated to non-pharmacological treatment delivered by the Family Health Program in Ventosa, Belo Horizonte, to carriers of diabetes mellitus. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl.2, pp.2189-2197. ISSN 1678-4561.

Diabetes Mellitus is turning into one of the main public health problems in Brazil. Many factors may contribute to the low adherence to treatment. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between educational and social-economic factors and factors related to the health, the perception of disease, social support and adherence to non-pharmacological treatment of carriers of diabetes mellitus assisted in the family health program of the Health Center in Ventosa, Belo Horizonte. Data were collected in interviews with 164 diabetics who were waiting for assistance in the health center. Univariate analysis showed significant association between adhesion to the non-pharmacological treatment and low income; place of residence; knowledge about consequences; motivation with regard to the treatment; making part of a diabetics group and orientation received from the nurse and the physiotherapist. Multivariate analysis showed the variables " treatment motivation" and "part of some diabetics group", to be statistically significant as refers to the total adhesion (p <0,05). The variables "knowledge about consequences " and " place of residence - high risk area" were statistically significant as refers to the total adhesion (p < 0,06), however presenting an inverse relation.

Keywords : Diabetes mellitus; Treatment adhesion; Family Health Program.

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