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Title: An exploration of perceived control, acceptance, emotional distress, knowledge and self care in the control of Type II diabetes, in an older adult population
Author: Thurlby, Victoria J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2008
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This study directly compares several factors (self-care, knowledge of diabetes, acceptance, perceived control and emotional distress) in relation to their role in diabetes management in an older adult population with Type II diabetes. A quantitative cross-sectional design was employed to examine the role of the aforementioned factors in relation to diabetes management (defined as blood glucose level or HbA1c level). Patients with Type II diabetes aged 65 or over were identified and sent information regarding the study. They were then approached at their routine clinic appointment and asked to participate. A total of 81 participants took part in the study completing a series of questionnaires. Information on age, duration of diabetes and blood glucose level (HbA1c level) was gathered for each participant. Multiple regression was used to examine the relationships between the predictor variables (self-care, knowledge, acceptance, perceived control (three sub-scales), emotional distress) and blood glucose levels (HbA1c levels). Significant correlations indicate that high levels of knowledge and perceived medical control and low levels of acceptance and perceived situational control are associated with adequate blood glucose control in older adult populations. As a whole this model predicts 49% of the variance in HbA1c levels in this sample. There were no significant differences in age groups (young-old, old-old) or differences in groups with adequate versus inadequate blood glucose control.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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