The Effect of the Innovative Healthcare Program "My Color Health" on Knowledge, Behavior, and Perception of Disease Severity in Patients with Diabetes and Hypertension
Motivational program as a form of mutual aid could offer great benefits to promote healthy eating among Thai elderly with Diabetes and Hypertension. The purpose of this study is to examine the average, knowledge, practice recommendations, and patients' perceptions of the severity of their diseases before and after receiving the My Color Health Innovation. This quasi-experimental research used a one-group pretest-posttest design that aimed to examine the effects of the innovation "My color health" on knowledge, behavior, and the perception of disease severity in patients with diabetes and hypertension. This study used the concept of the 7-Color Ball. The sample consisted of 20 elderly people and was selected through purposive sampling. The research instruments consisted of the innovation "My color health" knowledge test behavior, and perception of the severity of diabetes and hypertension questionnaires. The questionnaire in Google Forms was used to collect data. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t-tests. The results revealed that after using "My color health", the differences in the mean scores of knowledge, guidelines for practice, and perceived severity of diabetes and hypertension were statistically significant (P< 0.05). This research shows that the innovation of "My color health" can increase knowledge, behavior, and perception of the severity of diabetes and hypertension. It can be used as a guideline for the care of patients with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension.
Keywords:My Color Health, 7-Color Ball, Diabetic, Hypertension
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