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J Pediatr Nurs. 1999 Dec;14(6):351-8.

Key issues in chronic illness research: lessons from the study of children with diabetes.

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  • 1Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT 06536-0740, USA.


Issues and controversies in chronic illness research are discussed, with data and examples from a program of research dealing with children and adolescents with diabetes. The key differences that demand consideration include prevalence, developmental issues, measurement, cultural issues, the lack of viable models, use of controls, the importance of the family, and ethical concerns.

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