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Exploring why young people with Type 1 diabetes decline structured education with a view to overcoming barriers

Coates, Vivien, Horigan, G, Davies, Melanie and Davies, Mark (2017) Exploring why young people with Type 1 diabetes decline structured education with a view to overcoming barriers. Diabetic Medicine, 34 (8). pp. 1092-1099. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dme.13368/full

DOI: 10.1111/dme.13368

Abstract

AimsTo identify factors that influence lack of engagement of young adults with Type 1 diabetes (aged 13–21 years) with structured diabetes education (SDE) to inform and broaden the reach of future SDE.MethodsA quantitative, cross-sectional survey was undertaken of 227 young people with Type 1 diabetes drawn from 11 health trusts across Northern Ireland and England, deemed to be representative of the wider population. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire exploring non-attendance, along with the Diabetes Care Profile, the Diabetes Empowerment Scale (Short Form), the Diabetes Knowledge Test and the 12-item General Health Questionnaire. Demographic, health and diabetes-specific variables including HbA1c were also collected.ResultsThe five most commonly cited reasons for non-attendance were ‘Had other things to do’ (68.3%), ‘No time’ (62.2%), ‘Could not get time off school/college or work’ (60.8%), ‘Learnt about diabetes from other sources’ (55.5%) and ‘Feel able to cope on own’ (52.9%).ConclusionsGreater emphasis is required on communication with young people about the benefits of SDE. In addition, efforts need to be directed to making diabetes education more accessible without losing the quality of structured programmes.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:education, health care delivery, psychological aspects, self-management
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
ID Code:38234
Deposited By: Professor Vivien Coates
Deposited On:28 Jun 2017 14:38
Last Modified:03 Aug 2017 11:49

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