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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-15

Knowledge, Awareness and Practices (KAP) among patients with hypothyroidism attending endocrine clinics of community hospitals in Chennai


Associates in Clinical Endocrinology, Education and Research (ACEER),203, III Floor, Awai Shanmugam Salai, Royapettah, Chennai 600014, India

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U Sriram
Associates in Clinical Endocrinology, Education and Research (ACEER),203, III Floor, Awai Shanmugam Salai, Royapettah, Chennai 600014
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Primary hypothyroidism is an extremely common disorder encountered in every endocrine clinic. We found that patients who have been on treatment and follow up elsewhere for many years lacked a basic understanding of their disorder and held wrong beliefs regarding the same. We felt a study on the knowledge, awareness and practices of patients with hypothyroidism would help the physician to focus on specific issues during patient education, clarify commonly held mis-beliefs during their consultation and thus enhance patient compliance and follow up. So we decided to do a KAP (Knowledge, Awareness and Practices) study on patients with primary hypothyroidism. A search carried out on Pubmed andMedscape did not reveal previous similar studies in medical literature.


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