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Articles by K. Ridge
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  K. Ridge , J. Treasure , A. Forbes , S. Thomas and K. Ismail
  Aims To elicit the barriers and motivators to better diabetes self care in patients with Type 1 diabetes. Methods  We obtained a purposive sample of 47 patients with Type 1 diabetes and persistent suboptimal glycaemic control from a randomized controlled trial of nurse-delivered psychological interventions. Each participant’s second session of motivational interviewing was analysed using content analysis. Results Four major themes emerged: emotions of living with Type 1 diabetes, perceived barriers to diabetes management, motivators for change and methods of coping. Increased assistance and support from family and healthcare teams, the prospect of improved emotional and physical well-being and feelings of success were described as factors that might motivate participants to practice more effective self care. Conclusions An enhanced awareness of the range of psychological concepts in diabetes may enable a better therapeutic relationship between clinicians and patients.
  K. Ridge , S. Thomas , P. Jackson , S. Pender , S. Heller , J. Treasure and K. Ismail
 

Aims

To describe the development of an intervention for parents and carers of young people with Type 1 diabetes and assess the feasibility, acceptability and emerging clinical themes.

Methods

Participants were carers of young persons aged 10-18 years with a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes of more than 12 months' duration in two inner-city South London hospitals. Carers were invited to attend six sessions of a group workshop where they received emotional support, diabetes education and were taught motivational interviewing techniques to support their child.

Results

Out of 106 eligible participants, carers of 31 young people with Type 1 diabetes were recruited, 17 of whom ‘completed’ the intervention (attending four or more sessions). Participants discussed a variety of themes in session, including the increasing difficulty of diabetes management as children grow older, parenting techniques for managing diabetes in the home and the emotional challenges of having a child with a chronic illness.

Conclusions

Engaging parents in a carer intervention for Type 1 diabetes was a challenge, but parents who participated appeared to value the programme. Future interventions for carers need to take account of carers' wishes and expectations in order to maximize user uptake.

 
 
 
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