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Uncontrolled diabetes over time leads to microvascular and macrovascular complications. Diabetes leads to a major impact on heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels and nerves. Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic nephropathy, cardiovascular complications such as CAD, heart attack, stroke, chronic infections, skin problems, opportunistic systemic alterations cause lifetime disability as well as even death. Hence, the present study aimed at to assess the effectiveness of Structured Teaching Programme on knowledge regarding diabetic complications among diabetes patients at Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. A quantitative quasi-experimental research design with one group pretest and post-test was obtained. Purposive sampling technique was followed among 60 diabetic patients and data were collected by using structured questionnaires. Pretest demographic data and knowledge were assessed, and then STP was implemented regarding diabetes complications. Posttest knowledge were assessed after 1 week and analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study revealed that pretest mean score of knowledge was 11.62 + 4.60 whereas in the post-test mean score was 26.88 + 2.98. The mean difference is 15.27. The calculated paired 't' value of t = 30.0824 was found to statistically significant at p<0.0001 level. This clearly shows that the STP imparted to patients with diabetes mellitus had significant improvement in the post-test level of knowledge regarding diabetic complications. The studies concluded that there is a significant difference between the pre-test and posttest level of knowledge. Hence, the Structured Teaching Programme implemented in this study is effective to develop knowledge regarding diabetic complications among diabetic patients.
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