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Living with diabetes

Carden, Alice (2015) Living with diabetes. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Research surrounding diabetes implies that there is a definite answer with regards to coping strategies for diabetes that has to be sought after. However, less research explores the individual’s unique standpoint and experience of diabetes. The present study qualitatively investigated the lived experience of diabetes of 6 participants. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Analysis revealed five master themes; ‘diabetes is an “inconvenience”’, ‘negative aspects of the condition’, ‘avoiding being “reliant on other people”’, ‘lack of understanding’ and ‘acceptance of the condition’. It was found that participants used ‘positive reappraisal’ in order to reframe a seemingly negative situation. By focusing on aspects such as social support and the non debilitating tendencies of diabetes, the participants were able to focus less of their attention on negative aspects of diabetes, such as the inconvenience and lack of control. Implications for the enhancement of previous findings and facilitating diabetic individuals are discussed.

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