Session: SUN 807-838-Diabetes - Diagnosis, Complications & Outcomes
Poster Board SUN-814
Objective: In this study, we aimed to detect the satisfaction status of patients underwent OGTT for the diagnosis of their disease.
Research Design and Methods: OGTT indicated, three-hundred patients applied to our clinic were admitted to our study. The standardized 75-g OGTT was performed after overnight fasting in the morning and fasting and 2-h postload venous blood glucose concentrations were measured. After the test, all the patients were asked to answer a questionnaire in order to evaluate the satisfaction status of patients about the test.
Results: Of the 300 participants, 176 subjects (58.6%) were male, 124 subjects (41.4%) were female. Seventy percent of all patients reported that if it could be possible, they would not prefer OGTT to be performed for the diagnosis of their disease. The reasons for being unwilling to the procedure were; the complaints occurred during the test, being functionless and immobile without eating or drinking anything for two hours and being required to stay in a partially fixed place along the test. During the test, nausea occurred in 126 subjects (42%), vomitting occurred in 27 subjects (9%), sweating occurred in 66 subjects (22%) and palpitation occurred in 79 subjects (%26.3). Among 300 patients, 266 subjects complained from the difficulty in drinking test fluid and of these patients 180 subjects (85.5%) reported to choose another test different from OGTT. The factors positively influencing the patient’s opinion were being informed in details about the test before performing and politeness of the health care providers. Favorable perception about the test was associated with the test place if it is wide, well-lighted and equipped with TV, computer and similar equipments that will prevent from feeling uncomfortable throughout the test.
Conclusions: OGTT is the ‘gold standard’ method in diagnosis of IGT and DM, even though there are easily performable and practical methods such as Hb A1c and fasting plasma glucose measurements. Nevertheless, taking into account the results of our study, we suggest that it will be more benefical if any other diagnostic method that is more actual, easily applicable and repeatable, better tolerated and standardized can be developed.
Nothing to Disclose: HB, PG, CO, VG, AG
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