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Beliefs about health and illness and health-realted behavior among urban women with gestational diabetes mellitus in the south east of China
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5085-9628
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.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Transcultural Nursing, ISSN 1043-6596, E-ISSN 1552-7832, Vol. 27, no 6, p. 593-602Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The incidence of gestational diabetes among Chinese women is 4.3%. No study has previously been conducted about beliefs and health-related behavior among urban Chinese women with this disease. This article aims to explore beliefs about health and illness and health-related behavior among women in this group in a Chinese sociocultural context.

Design: A qualitative exploratory study was conducted and semistructured individual interviews (n = 15) were processed by content analysis.

Results: Beliefs about health and illness among these women were foremost attributed to the individual, social, and natural worlds. They feared the negative influence of gestational diabetes, but some of them believed in “letting nature take its course” and “living in the present.” Their care-seeking behavior varied between the professional, popular, and folk sectors. They sought a balance between following professionals’ advice and avoiding practical difficulties.

Conclusion: The beliefs and health-related behavior among them were influenced by Chinese culture, which can sometimes but not always reduce the effect of the disease.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 27, no 6, p. 593-602
Keywords [en]
Diabetes, Gestational, Beliefs, Behavior, Chinese, Culture
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45819DOI: 10.1177/1043659615594677ISI: 000385719800008PubMedID: 26187924Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84991246297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45819DiVA, id: diva2:847921
Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-21 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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