Diabetes Mellitus is no more a condition of the affluence but a fast-rising non-contagious
disease of global importance which still remains a leading cause of indisposition and death.
Currently about half a billion people are suffering from this condition globally. Research has
it that 8 out of 10 adults are living with Diabetes in sub-Saharan countries. Ghana over the
years has a prevalence rate of diabetes patients to be 9% making it quite disturbing.
Although there has been an existing care among diabetics and their health providers, there is
the need to know the extent of continuity of care between diabetics and their health providers.
Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the extent of continuity (Relational,
Longitudinal, Flexible and Team) and satisfaction of care between diabetic patients and their
This study was facility-based cross-sectional study which was conducted among diabetics in
in Greater Accra Region. Data was collected via the use of a pre-tested structured
questionnaire. Information on socio-demographic characteristics and four dimensions of
continuity of care and patients’ satisfaction was obtained using ODK software and exported to
Stata 15 for analysis. Means and standard deviations were determined for continuous variables.
Pearson chi-square test was used to determine the association between dependent and
independent variables. Multiple logistic regression was used to determine the strength of
association of factors associated with relational continuity of care. Reported p-values < 0.05. Results
The highest extent of continuity of care was team continuity (mean=0.9) followed by relational
and flexibility continuity of care (mean=0.8). Longitudinal continuity of care was the least
experienced by patients (mean=0.5). Most patients (98.3%) were satisfied with diabetes care
they received from health care providers. Factors associated with high relational continuity of
care: high flexible continuity of care and low longitudinal continuity
Experience of continuity of care among diabetics is high excluding longitudinal continuity of
care. High relational continuity of care translated into high satisfaction of diabetes care
received from health care providers. Good adherence to medication and high team continuity
of care positively influenced attainment of high relational continuity of care. Further research
is needed in order to understand the extent of longitudinal continuity and its effect on relational
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