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This quasi-experimental research (pretest-posttest two group design) aimed to examine the effect of
a food choice capability promoting program among Muslim overweight patients with uncontrolled diabetes.
The community hospital-based sample consisted of 70 participants who met the criteria. They were divided
into a control group (n1=35) and experimental group (n2=35) using matched pair technique method. The
experiment group received the food choice capability promoting program base on the Muslim way. The
developed program and research instruments, including the demographic data form, food consumption
questionnaire, glucometer and blood glucose record form were validated by 3 experts. The food consumption
questionnaire was tested for reliability using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient which yielded the value of 0.86.
Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and t-test.
The results revealed that after participating in the program, the mean score of food consumption
behavior of the experimental group was significantly higher than that of the control group and higher than
that at the pre-test (p< .05). The mean score of blood glucose at the post-test was significantly lower
than that of the control group and lower than that at the pre-test (p<.05). These findings indicated that the
developed program help to promote food consumption behavior modification relevant to disease and way
of life and thus reduce the blood glucose level. Therefore, the program can be further implemented for
uncontrolled diabetic patients with overweight in order to enhance proper food choice selection ability of
patients in the way of Muslim life
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