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[A comparative study of social representations of diabetes mellitus and diabetic foot].

Authors
  • Mantovani, Alessandra Madia
  • Fregonesi, Cristina Elena Prado Teles
  • Pelai, Elisa Bizetti
  • Mantovani, Aline Madia
  • Savian, Nathalia Ulices
  • Pagotto, Priscila
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Publisher
SciELO
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2013
Volume
29
Issue
12
Pages
2427–2435
Identifiers
PMID: 24356689
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The study aimed to investigate social representations of the terms "diabetes" and "diabetic foot" in different populations. Participants were divided into groups: diabetics (GD); non- diabetics (GN); and non-diabetic healthcare professionals (GP). Personal data were collected, and subjects answered two questions that were expected to evoke five words that came to mind when they thought of "diabetes" and then "diabetic foot". The evoked material was analyzed with the software Ensemble de Programmes Permettant l'Analyse dês Èvocations. A total of 161 subjects participated, including GD (n = 72) with a mean age of 56.12 ± 5.49 years; GN (n = 38) with a mean age of 54.29 ± 7.91 years; and GP (n = 51) with 34.95 ± 7.52 years. The term "diabetes" evoked 297 words in GD, 172 in GN, and 235 words in GP. The term "diabetic foot" evoked 180 words in GD, 90 in GN, and 236 in GP. The groups proved to be anxious for more information, thus confirming the need for awareness-raising and educational programs on diabetes, covering comprehensive issues concerning the disease.

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