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“No-one realises what we go through as Type 1s”: A qualitative photo-elicitation study on coping with diabetes

Nettleton, Jody, BURTON, Amy and POVEY, Rachel (2022) “No-one realises what we go through as Type 1s”: A qualitative photo-elicitation study on coping with diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. ISSN 0168-8227 (In Press)

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Abstract or description

Aims
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) has physical, emotional, and social consequences and little is known how adults cope with the condition long term. This research aimed to use a novel photo-elicitation technique to gain in-depth insight into the personal coping experiences of adults living with T1D.

Methods
In-depth photo elicitation interviews were employed to collect data and transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results
Participant-led data revealed an overarching theme of the relentlessness of the condition. Continuous self-management tasks infiltrated participants’ lives and had a significant impact on coping experiences. A range of techniques and resources were used to cope including using alarms and reminders, diabetes technology, interpersonal relationships, supportive healthcare services and seeking a mind-body balance.

Conclusions
Technology shows promise for easing the burden of the condition, expert-led online support would be of benefit, and peer support should be prioritised within interventions for adults with T1D.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diabetes, Coping, Photo-elicitation, Interviews, Adults
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 10:03
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 04:30
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/7296

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