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Reconsidering your perceptions: exploring the lifeworld of a young person with type 1 diabetes.

Pulman, A., Hill, J. and Masding, M.G., 2013. Reconsidering your perceptions: exploring the lifeworld of a young person with type 1 diabetes. In: Diabetes UK Professional Conference, 13--15 March 2013, Manchester, England.

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Introduction Views of young people with type 1 diabetes are vital in developing quality services, yet research on their lifestyle and use of web and mobile technology to support their condition is sparse. We aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the perspective of a young person with type 1 diabetes and construct a picture of their lifeworld. Methods Data collected by semi-structured, in-depth qualitative interviews (n=9) of people with type 1 diabetes aged 18-21. Interviews were transcribed and loaded onto the qualitative data analysis tool NVivo. Results A number of themes emerged, including: • The effects of technology on living with diabetes. • Use of social media, mobile phones and Apps to obtain information and support. • Feelings about the health services they used. We also uncovered several interesting issues that concern patients in this age group: • Understanding the isolation that young people might feel at this age. • Personal attitudes to type 1 diabetes and initiating improvement. • Fear, discomfort and being seen as different. • Why we might embrace and show negative views of the condition. • Rethinking the use of Facebook. Summary We obtained a deeper and more empathetic understanding of the feelings of young people with type 1 diabetes, and the issues that are important to them. This data will be used to look at local services, producing more effective systems for support and self-management which take into account the feelings of patients and make them more likely to engage with technology.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Self-management ; Type 1 Diabetes Friend: Alcohol Guide ; social media ; qol ; patient voice ; lifeworld ; quality of life ; poole hospital diabetes centre ; Diabetes UK Conference ; empathy ; mobile phones ; apps ; Patient Education ; facebook ; hrqol ; qualitative
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:20757
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Feb 2013 16:13
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:46


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