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Lived experience of women with gestational diabetes mellitus living in China: a qualitative interview study
Fujian Univ Tradit Chinese Med, Peoples R China.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Fujian Univ Tradit Chinese Med, Peoples R China.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5719-7102
2017 (English)In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 11, article id e017648Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective To explore the lived experience of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) living in China in order to add knowledge about how the Chinese women suffer from GDM. Design A qualitative interpretive interview study. Data were collected with a snowball sampling technique. Phenomenological hermeneutics was used as the analysis method based on Ricoeur's phenomenological hermeneutical interpretation theory. Setting The study was performed at the participants' work places, or at the obstetric clinics or wards at two provincial hospitals and one municipal hospital in the southeast of China. Participants Inclusion criteria were age >= 18 years, diagnosis of GDM without other pregnancy complications, in 34th gestational weeks-postpartum 4th weeks and speaking Mandarin Chinese without speech impediment. 62 women, who met the inclusion criteria, took part in the study. Results The lived experience of the women with GDM living in China was formulated into a main theme: 'longing for caring care'. The main theme was derived from four themes: being stricken by GDM, wishing to receive caring GDM care, being left alone to struggle with GDM and trying to adjust and adapt to life with GDM. Conclusion The eagerness for caring care in China was highlighted. The lack of caring care could be one of the possible reasons why the professional-patient relations were deteriorating in China. It could be useful for health providers and health policymakers to receive education and training about caring care. Using the health metaphor of balance and 'patient participation' and 'patient-centred' approaches may benefit women with GDM and thus improve the quality of care in China.

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BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2017. Vol. 7, no 11, article id e017648
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70941DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017648ISI: 000422898800120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70941DiVA, id: diva2:1183111
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved

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