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Title: Understanding and influencing dietary self-care in chronic illness
Author: Ho, Cornelia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 6322
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Objectives Coeliac Disease (CD) is a common chronic autoimmune disorder characterised by sensitivity to gluten. This study investigated the relationships between CD illness representations, coping, self-efficacy, health related quality of life, wellbeing, psychological distress and dietary self-care (following a gluten free diet) among adults with coeliac disease. Design A questionnaire-based correlation design was used to investigate the hypothesised relationships between illness representations and outcomes. Methods Ninety six adults with CD, recruited through dietician clinics, completed a single booklet of questionnaires about their beliefs, experiences and behaviour in relation to their CD. In addition serology (CD antibody levels) and clinician rated levels of dietary self-care (both taken within one month of participation) were employed as additional measures of behaviour. Results Results of regression analyses showed that some aspects of illness representation, particularly estimates of consequences and emotional impact were related to some psychosocial outcomes but not levels of dietary self-care (which was generally high among the sample). Conclusions Illness representations may be useful in explaining some psychosocial outcome for CD, but more research would be needed to assess whether they are useful in explaining dietary behaviour among this population. Findings related to coping and self-efficacy are also discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Clin.Psy.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: R Medicine (General)