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Adolescents with diabetes: support from healthcare teams and families.
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PMID:  23324376     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Adolescents with diabetes must learn to manage their own health plans. Support from family is typically associated with positive self-management outcomes, yet less is known about how healthcare teams can facilitate positive self-management. This study aims to investigate the associations between family and healthcare team support and adolescent emotional, behavioral and physical diabetes management. Method: A sample of 58 adolescents with type 1 diabetes completed self-report measures of their diabetes self-care management and their emotional distress or burden in relation to their diabetes. Adolescents' diabetes clinic attendance and glycated hemoglobin (HBA1c) levels were also secured. Results: Perceived positive support from the healthcare team or family appeared to have little or negative effect on diabetes management. However, the study found that greater healthcare non-support was related to poorer self-care and poorer self-management of diabetes control (less clinic attendance, poorer dietary control, less glucose testing, and higher HBA1c levels), and greater feelings of being distressed or burdened by diabetes. Conclusions: These findings suggest that healthcare teams supporting adolescents should focus more on communicating and building relationships with adolescents in order to reduce perceived negative feelings of healthcare teams' support.
Emma Singh; Susan P Farruggia; Elizabeth R Peterson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of adolescent medicine and health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0334-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Adolesc Med Health     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506960     Medline TA:  Int J Adolesc Med Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-6     Citation Subset:  -    
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