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Can J Diabetes. 2013 Aug;37(4):237-242. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2013.04.009. Epub 2013 Aug 2.

The lived experience of Canadian university students with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

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1
School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: s3hill@gmail.com.
2
School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experiences of university students with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

METHODS:

University students participated in a 2-part focus group. Transcripts were analyzed thematically using an open-coding approach. Data analysis was guided by a framework analysis method and emergent themes were triangulated between study authors for validity.

RESULTS:

Three major themes identified in this study were food issues within the university environment, lack of diabetes awareness on campus and internal struggles related to the participants' relationships with their diabetes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results illustrate some of the unique challenges that interfere with diabetes self-management, academic performance and quality of life among this sample of university students. Findings can provide insight for diabetes educators and other healthcare practitioners regarding the issues that may interfere with optimal diabetes self-care in this population. Findings also can be used to inform university administrators how to make the university environment more diabetes friendly for its students.

KEYWORDS:

diabète de type 1; diabète sucré de type 1; expérience vécue; lived experience; type 1 diabetes; type 1 diabetes mellitus; university students; étudiants

PMID:
24070887
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcjd.2013.04.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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