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J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Sep;31(8):764-9. Epub 2005 Sep 14.

Brief report: glycemic control, quality of life, and school experiences among students with diabetes.

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Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, 06410, USA. juwagner@uchc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the relationships among perceived school experiences, diabetes control, and quality of life (QOL) in children with diabetes.

METHODS:

Fifty-eight children with type 1 diabetes and their parents participated. The typical child was 12 years old, had diabetes for 5 years, and attended public, suburban, middle/junior high schools with 300-500 students.

RESULTS:

Children whose parents reported that school personnel received diabetes training showed significantly better diabetes control than those who reported untrained school personnel. Children who reported their classmates received diabetes training had significantly better QOL than those who reported untrained classmates. Children who reported greater flexibility in performing diabetes care tasks at school had significantly better diabetes control than children who reported less flexibility.

CONCLUSIONS:

Students with diabetes continue to face challenges at school. Training staff and classmates and allowing students the maximum appropriate flexibility in diabetes care appears beneficial for disease control and QOL.

PMID:
16162839
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsj082
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