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J Pediatr Health Care. 2017 Jan - Feb;31(1):29-36. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.01.003. Epub 2016 Feb 6.

Self-Management Strategies in Emerging Adults With Type 1 Diabetes.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

We examined changes in self-management behaviors after high school graduation in a cohort of emerging adults with type 1 diabetes.

METHODS:

Sixty-four emerging adults reported on diabetes self-management behaviors at three time points over a 1-year period. Glycemic control and blood glucose monitoring frequency data were collected from the medical chart.

RESULTS:

Collaboration with parents decreased, diabetes problem-solving and communication increased, and glycemic control worsened during the first year after high school (p < .05). Problem solving appeared to be protective against worsening glycemic control; higher baseline diabetes problem solving significantly predicted better glycemic control at the 1-year follow-up.

DISCUSSION:

Emerging adults demonstrate increased independence in diabetes problem solving and communication with health care providers in the year after high school. Problem-solving skills may help emerging adults adapt type 1 diabetes self-care in response to unpredictable schedules after high-school, and promoting these skills may prevent deteriorations in glycemic control during this risky period.

KEYWORDS:

Type 1 diabetes; adherence; adolescents; glycemic control; problem solving; self-management

PMID:
26861574
PMCID:
PMC4976043
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.01.003
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