Project Description

Author: Selim et al.



The majority of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Bangladesh are Muslims who fast during Ramadan. It is important to provide support and healthcare services to these patients. The present study aimed to evaluate knowledge and practice on diabetes management among physicians.


This cross-sectional study was conducted among 227 physicians who were actively managing diabetes patients either in institutional or private practice. Data collection was performed using a structured questionnaire prepared based on recommendations from the consensus statement by the American Diabetes Association for the management of diabetes during Ramadan and the guidelines of the Endocrine Society of Bangladesh.


Almost 69% of the physicians included in the present study were involved in institution-based practice, while others were involved in private practice. Almost 36% of the physicians reported that they followed the International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes and Ramadan (DAR) International Alliance (IDF-DaR) guideline, 32% reported following the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guideline, and 30% reported following the Bangladesh Endocrine Society (BES) guideline. Almost 80% of them were confident in managing diabetic patients during Ramadan. Almost 93% of physicians offered pre-Ramadan education to diabetic patients, including diet, exercise and drugs. In addition, most of the patients adjusted their secretagogues (97%) and insulin (93%) as needed.


Our study suggested that the majority of the physicians of Bangladesh practiced the recommendations of the national or international guidelines for diabetes management during Ramadan.

Status: Ongoing

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