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Autonomy or non-complioance in adolescent diabetes?

Timms, Nicola and Lowes, Lesley Madeline 1999. Autonomy or non-complioance in adolescent diabetes? British Journal of Nursing 8 (12) , pp. 794-800.

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Many physical, psychological, social and cognitive changes take place in adolescence. Emerging personal values and beliefs, an acute awareness of body image and a desire for peer conformity and increasing independence can make the transition to adulthood troublesome. For teenagers with diabetes, usual adolescent needs and concerns are complicated by the demands of a complex treatment regimen. This can result in non-adherence to the recommended programme of care and, consequently, poor glycaemic control, which increases the risks for diabetes-related complications in later life. This situation poses a major problem for healthcare professionals. Teenagers, however, are frequently preoccupied with the present, and are unable to perceive, or will ignore, their vulnerability to long-term health problems. This article discusses these difficult issues and, taking into account the increasing need for autonomy and independence in adolescence, makes recommendations for nursing practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 0966-0461
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:31

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