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Diabet Med. 2019 Jun 5. doi: 10.1111/dme.14047. [Epub ahead of print]

Descriptions of diabetes burnout from individuals with Type 1 diabetes: an analysis of YouTube videos.

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1
College of Nursing, University of Tennessee.
2
Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
3
Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee.
4
Endocrinology Consultants of East Tennessee, Knoxville.
5
Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN.
6
Public Health Sciences and Humanities, Penn State University, Hershey, PA, USA.

Abstract

AIM:

The purpose of the study was to analyse self-descriptions of diabetes burnout in individuals with Type 1 diabetes via YouTube videos.

METHODS:

In this qualitative descriptive study, a systematic approach was used to search YouTube videos with a title, description or content specifically about diabetes burnout dated between 2007 and 2017. Irrelevant or duplicated videos were excluded using eligibility criteria. All videos meeting inclusion criteria (n = 32) from individuals with Type 1 diabetes were transcribed verbatim and analysed using a qualitative content analysis approach. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse video characteristics.

RESULTS:

The four major themes associated with diabetes burnout were: (i) feeling mentally drained and physically tired of dealing with self-care; (ii) experiencing a detachment from self, diabetes care and support system; (iii) being powerless and paralysed to 'climb out' of diabetes burnout; and (iv) contributing potential factors to diabetes burnout.

CONCLUSIONS:

Self-descriptions of diabetes burnout suggest that it is a combination of emotions and behaviours on a spectrum from exhaustion to detachment accompanied by an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. More studies are needed to further clarify diabetes burnout and its distinction from, or overlap with, other related psychosocial concepts in diabetes care. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID:
31168875
DOI:
10.1111/dme.14047

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