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Social support described by foreign-and Swedish-born persons with diabetes.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. (SHV - Tidigare AMER)
2011 (English)In: Social support described by foreign-and Swedish-born persons with diabetes. Biennial international symposium in ICCHNR, International conferences in community health nursing Research, Edmonton May 2011. , ICCHNR , 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aim: To explore meaning of support and impact on the life-situation in foreign-born persons diagnosed type 2 diabetes living inSweden in relation to gender, age, duration of diabetes. 

MIXED METHODS DESIGN:  1) Qualitative data: Semi-structured interviews, qualitative content analysis, and 2) Quantitative data: Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ), statistical analysis.

 STUDY POPULATION: Purposive sample: 34 foreign-born persons, 24 ♂ and 10 ♀, 36-73 years. Most from Ex Yugoslavia and the Middle East, resident in Sweden 3-50 years (14.5 yrs Md). Most married, had children, 1/3 retired. Duration of diabetes 1-36 years, most treated with oral drugs or diet.

 FINDINGS:  Meaning of support/social support expressed as medical support - regular disease control, and informative support – knowledge how to manage diabetes. Limited support expressed in general. Men focused on information and communication about diabetes. Women focused on financial aid as diabetes food is expensive, 3-4 times more than ordinary. Limited or non-existing support experienced while being diagnosed irrespective duration of diabetes or year diagnosed  negatively affecting the life-situation. Expressed lack of support and disappointment with insufficient competence in diabetes in primary health care staff

Support was considered individual, related to severity of diabetes, and gender. 42% had lost an important relationship previous year, limited number of persons in network, 5.7 (r 1-14). 

Diabetes self-care demands knowledge, informative and medical support is important to gain control. Informants perceived lack of support, particularly during being diagnosed, in contact with physicians and primary health care.Adequate support – information, regular follow-ups – is needed without delay from diagnosis by professionalstrained in diabetes care.

 

 

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ICCHNR , 2011.
Keywords [en]
Social support, migrants, perceptions, qualitative methods.
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-16254DiVA, id: diva2:467850
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Biennial international symposium in ICCHNR, International conferences in community health nursing Research, Edmonton, Canada, May 2011.
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2012-01-04Bibliographically approved

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