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Title: Exploration of cognitive and behavioural factors that influence the management of type 2 diabetes
Author: Mc Menamin, Mary
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2010
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Background The research was part of a large commissioned research project funded by the R&D Office Belfast, in relation to the Targeting Social Need (TSN) programme. Introduction The active management of diabetes requires adherence to a healthy diet and participation in physical activity, assisted by an array of treatment modalities. The aim of this research project was to explore a range of demographic, cognitive and behavioural factors that may explain the variation in an individual's management of Type 2 diabetes. Methods A cross-sectional sample of patients with Type 2 diabetes based on socio-economic deprivation was drawn from a hospital register. Patients were interviewed in their own homes on factors such as diabetes knowledge, barriers to physical activity, dietary intake and perceived mastery. Results A total of (n=446) patients participated (57% males, x age=64.7, sd =11.5 and a x duration of diabetes 11.2 years). Three types of dietary behaviour were identified those of a 'virtuous nature', those of a 'typical nature' and 'sinners'. Being a female signaled an increased risk of being in the 'sinners group' (OR= 2.267, CI=1.432-3.589). Females reported poorer mental health, greater barriers to participating in physical activity and adhering to a diet. Males (r=.205, p
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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