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Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes: a Qualitative Analysis of Patients' Emotional Reactions and Views About Information Provision

Peel, Elizabeth, Parry, O., Douglas, M. and Lawton, J. (2004) Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes: a Qualitative Analysis of Patients' Emotional Reactions and Views About Information Provision. Patient Education and Counseling, 53 (3). pp. 269-275. ISSN 0738-3991

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Research about diagnosis of chronic illness indicates this is an emotional time for patients. Information provision is especially salient for diabetes management. Yet current orthodoxy suggests that too much information at the time of diagnosis is unhelpful for patients. In this study, we used in-depth interviews with 40 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic (T2DM) patients in Scotland, to explore their emotional reactions about diagnosis, and their views about information provision at the time of diagnosis. Data were analysed using a thematic approach. Our results showed three main routes to diagnosis: suspected diabetes route; illness route; and routine route. Those within the routine route described the most varied emotional reactions to their diagnosis. We found that most patients, irrespective of their route to diagnosis, wanted more information about diabetes management at the time of diagnosis. We suggest that practitioners would benefit from being sensitive to the route patients follow to diagnosis, and prompt, simple but detailed advice about T2DM management would be helpful for newly diagnosed patients.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: type 2 diabetes, diagnosis, emotion, information, primary care, general practitioner
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Peel
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 16:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:00

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