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Paediatr Nurs. 2010 Dec;22(10):25-8.

Students' experiences of managing type 1 diabetes.

Abstract

AIM:

To explore the experiences of young people managing their type 1 diabetes at college or university.

METHOD:

A convenience sample of 23 students, aged 17-19 years, with type 1 diabetes participated in semi-structured telephone interviews.

FINDINGS:

Thematic data analysis identified four main themes: balancing diabetes and further education; adverse diabetes management strategies at college or university; reduced quality of life with regard to participation in social events; and problematic transition from paediatric to adult diabetes clinics.

CONCLUSION:

Young people often face difficulties in their diabetes self-management at college or university because of psychosocial issues, and may experience barriers when changing from paediatric to adult diabetes clinics.

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