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Table 2 Counseling practice done by community pharmacy professionals for diabetes patients in Addis Ababa, 2018

From: Counseling practice of community pharmacists for diabetes mellitus patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Counseling topics Always Sometimes Depends on the day Rarely Never
Importance of regular exercise, weight control, and diet 81 (27%) 154 (51.3%) 15 (5%) 42 (14%) 8 (2.7%)
Cause, symptoms and treatment of hypoglycemia 47 (15.7%) 130 (43.3%) 20 (6.7%) 87 (29%) 16 (5.3)
Appropriate administration, handling, and storage of insulin 223 (74.3%) 66 (22%) 7 (2.3%) 2 (0.7%) 2 (0.7%)
Impact of OTC and herbal drugs 84 (28%) 141 (47%) 27 (9%) 42 (14%) 6 (2%)
Good foot care, eye care techniques 55 (18.3%) 105 (35%) 31 (10.3%) 103 (34.3%) 6 (2%)
Importance of continuous screening for nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy 46 (15.3%) 74 (24.7%) 24 (8%) 124 (41.3%) 32 (10.7%)
Smoke cessation (when applicable) 138 (46%) 104 (34.7%) 24 (8%) 20 (6.7%) 14 (4.7%)
Appropriate time to administer each oral anti-diabetic drug and missed oral dose 146 (48.7%) 104 (34.7%) 26 (8.7%) 24 (8%)
Matter of stress, tension, and other illness 57 (19%) 114 (38%) 60 (20%) 67 (22.3%) 2 (0.7%)