Life-long battle: Perceptions of Type 2 diabetes in Thailand

Suparee, N. and McGee, P. and Khan, S. and Pinyopasakul, W. (2015) Life-long battle: Perceptions of Type 2 diabetes in Thailand. Chronic Illness, 11 (1). pp. 56-68. ISSN 17423953 (ISSN)

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Background: The number of people in Thailand who have Type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically making it one of the country's major health problems the rising prevalence of diabetes in Thailand is associated with dietary changes, reduced physical activity and health education. Although there is much research about health education programmes, the most effective methods for promoting sustainability and adherence to self-management among diabetics remains unclear. Objectives: To examine the perceptions of participants in Thailand regarding Type 2 diabetes and to utilize the findings to formulate a model for patient education. Methods: A grounded theory approach was selected and semi-structured face to face interviews and focus group were used to gather data from 33 adults with Type 2 diabetes. Results: Five explanatory categories emerged from the data: causing lifelong stress and worry, finding their own ways, after a while, still cannot and wanting a normal life. Conclusion: A new approach to patient education about Type 2 diabetes in Thailand is needed to give patients a better understanding, provide recommendations that they can apply to their daily lives, and include information about alternative medication the Buddhist way of thinking and effective strategies enhancing self-efficacy should be applied to patient education to promote sustainability and adherence to self-management.

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Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
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Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 10:43
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15

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