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Health Psychol Open. 2019 Sep 18;6(2):2055102919877105. doi: 10.1177/2055102919877105. eCollection 2019 Jul-Dec.

Children and young people's experiences and perceptions of self-management of type 1 diabetes: A qualitative meta-synthesis.

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Dublin City University, Ireland.
Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland.
Children's Health Ireland at Temple Street, Ireland.
University of Leeds, UK.


The aim of this review was to conduct a meta-synthesis of the experiences and perceptions of self-management of type 1 diabetes of children and young people living with type 1 diabetes (CYPDs). Six databases were systematically searched for studies with qualitative findings relevant to CYPDs' (aged 8-18 years) experiences of self-management. A thematic synthesis approach was used to combine articles and identify analytical themes. Forty articles met the inclusion criteria. Two analytical themes important to CYPDs' experiences and perceptions of self-management were identified: (1) negotiating independence and (2) feeling in control. The synthesis contributes to knowledge on contextual factors underpinning self-management and what facilitates or impedes transition towards autonomous self-management for CYPDs.


meta-synthesis; paediatric; qualitative research; self-management; type 1 diabetes

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Declaration of conflicting interests: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

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