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Title: A project in diabetic education for children
Author: Bloomfield, Susan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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The work in this thesis describes the effects of an informal education programme for children attending the paediatric diabetic clinic at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. This paediatric clinic was introduced in the early 1950s to provide an appropriate service for children and by the early 1980s the children within the clinic, which was staffed by a motivated team including a diabetes nurse specialist, paediatric dietitian, paediatrician and adult physician for adolescents, had reasonably good diabetic control compared with other specialist clinics. A recent survey of the clinic, however, identified problems, including difficulties teaching about diabetes, limited dietitian time and little time to discuss stress-related problems. To address these issues, a 2 year randomised cross-over trial was devised to determine whether an informal education programme (Diabetic Club) could improve knowledge about diabetes, reduce stress in diabetic families and thereby improve diabetic control. Forty-eight of 92 families with children less than 13 years on 1st October 1985 volunteered for the study and were randomised to groups A and B. Those families who elected not to participate were significantly older, and had had diabetes for longer, but their diabetic control was similar to the participants. Group A attended the Diabetic Club for 10 afternoons of education in the first year while Group B continued at the routine clinic (5 visits per year). For the second year Group A returned to the clinic, Group B attended the Club. The education programme covered all aspects of diabetes care based on small group teaching and semi-structured discussion groups for parents and children.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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