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Waiting time among diabetic patients in a local health clinic

Shalihin, Mohd Shaiful Ehsan and Zolcefli, Nur Atiqah and Mohd Ismail, Nurul Syahirah and Zuhari, Zur Ain (2019) Waiting time among diabetic patients in a local health clinic. International Journal of Allied Health Sciences, 3 (3 (Special Issue: Research Towards Sustainable Development Goals)). p. 789. E-ISSN 2600-8491

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Waiting time among diabetic patients is becoming an important issue considering the increasing number of this population requiring to follow up in primary care clinic. Diabetic patients have multiple stations to be visited, causing them to have a longer waiting time compared to other patients. Their dissatisfaction should be investigated for further improvement, and this should be proved. This study aims to measure the waiting and consultation time of diabetic patients attending a non-communicable disease clinic session in Klinik Kesihatan Seremban. A cross-sectional study was done among 190 diabetic patients in which their waiting and consultation time had been recorded. SPSS version 23 is used for statistical analysis. Most of the patients were age 64 (6.3%), female (63.7%) and Indian ethnicity (44.7%). 78.4% of them were also hypertensive, and 50.5% of them had dyslipidaemia. The majority had three concomitant chronic diseases (46.8%). Maximum waiting time recorded was 104 minutes, with a minimum waiting time of 2 minutes. Average waiting time was 32.73+24.37 minutes. Maximum consultation time was 45 minutes, with an average time of 9.61+6.27 minutes. There is no significant association between waiting or consultation time with age, gender, races and number of concomitant illness. This study showed that the clinic has an acceptable duration of waiting and consultation time with an average of less than 45 minutes which is fulfilling the requirements set by the Ministry of Health. The misconception of unacceptable long waiting time experienced by diabetic patients and chronic disease should be corrected. This study proved that waiting and consultation time is not determined by the demographics of the patient and disease only in which patient and public education on the acceptable waiting time should be implemented regularly.

Item Type: Article (Meeting Abstract)
Additional Information: 6934/78001
Uncontrolled Keywords: Waiting time, consultation time, diabetes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Shaiful Ehsan Shalihin
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 09:34
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 09:35
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/78001

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