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Title: Type 1 diabetes in men : a grounded theory exploration of life with a chronic illness
Author: O'Hara, L.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2012
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Objectives. The objective of this study was to gain an understanding of men’s holistic experience of life with Type 1 diabetes. Design. One-to-one interviews were conducted with 15 men, all of whom have Type 1 diabetes. Interviews were also conducted with 10 diabetic men and their partners. All interviews were audio-recorded and subsequently transcribed. Additionally, postings to an online-forum, specifically dedicated to men with diabetes, were collected. All data were analysed using a grounded theory style approach. This involved developing codes and abstract categories from the data which, when linked together, provide an understanding of men’s experience of life with diabetes. Results. The relationship between men and diabetes is established in response to the perceived congruency between the management of diabetes and the attainment of personal goals. This relationship is not fixed, rather as personal goals shift (in response to changing personal circumstances) so too do one’s relationship with diabetes. The centrality of the couple to the experience of life with diabetes is evidenced in the way men and their partners respond to the presence of diabetes-related erectile dysfunction, and also in the way they negotiate the daily management of diabetes, through varying levels of reliance. Conclusions. The results point to the all-encompassing nature of diabetes and highlight the need for research to move its focus from issues of self-management to the holistic experience of living with Type 1 diabetes. While men pursue the fulfilment of personal goals, over the health-related goals of diabetes, they are unable to fully escape the hold of diabetes. It is the psychological weight of living with diabetes which negates normality. It is important therefore, for this aspect of diabetic-life to be acknowledged and attended to if the quality of life of those affected by diabetes is to be maximised.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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