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Self-management in Type 2 Diabetes – enabling patients to realise their ability.

Adams, Lisa 2012. Self-management in Type 2 Diabetes – enabling patients to realise their ability. [Taught Course Thesis]. Bachelor, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

This dissertation focused on people with Type 2 Diabetes and the need for them to selfmanage their condition. The aim was to establish the most effective strategies available to enable patients to confidently self-manage their diabetes. The findings from this work showed that patients with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes can feel overwhelmed with the potentially life-threatening complications of the disease, and the need to modify their lifestyles in order to control their diabetes. Research showed that group education programmes are valuable in helping patients gain confidence in managing their diabetes, as well as regular one-to-one sessions, and input from the multi-disciplinary team. However, patients need to be motivated to make the changes required to improve their health outcomes. Government health policy is now focused on empowering patients to become responsible for their own health, and puts patients at the centre of their care, yet there are barriers which may prevent patients becoming empowered to self-manage effectively. Nurses need to be aware of these barriers and communicate effectively with patients to ‘scratch below the surface’ and explore patient beliefs and fears which can help to foster feelings of clarity and motivation within the patient. Understanding that behaviour change can be difficult or sometimes impossible for a patient can be the first step in dealing with these challenging issues. Undertaking full holistic assessments are essential, with time allowed for patients to explore their feelings around behaviour change, as well as group education and on-going nurse support. The literature has shown that these components help to improve patients’ ability to self-manage Type 2 Diabetes.

Item Type: Taught Course Thesis
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Additional Information: This dissertation is only available to Cardiff University staff and students.
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/42259

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