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A Metasynthesis of the Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Gomersall, Tim, Madill, Anna and Summers, Lucinda K. M. (2011) A Metasynthesis of the Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes. Qualitative Health Research, 21 (6). pp. 853-871. ISSN 1049-7323

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Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by chronically elevated blood glucose and high risk of comorbidities. In this article we report a metasynthesis of the 21st-Century qualitative research concerning the self-management of type 2 diabetes. We identified 38 relevant articles (sample size range 6 to 175), which were synthesized through a process of iterative reading and theory development. In this literature, authors argued and assumed that diabetes management is influenced by multiple, complex, competing factors, including interpersonal relations, gender, and sociocultural context. Conversely, self-management was sometimes construed as a facet of individual agency and was accepted uncritically, placing accountability for health with patients themselves. We conclude that a satisfactory account of diabetes care would pay attention to the “inner” world, while acknowledging the social and political conditions in which diabetes-related experiences unfold.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Timothy Gomersall
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 09:44
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 12:09


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