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Social, psychological and health needs of Type II diabetes: a focus group study of the Western Health Board: final report.
O'Neill, Siobhan; Evans, David S.; Western Health Board (WHB) Department of Public Health.
Diabetes mellitus is a major cause of ill health globally with a prevalence rate of 2- 5%. Of particular concern is the range of preventable complications arising from type IT diabetes (the commonest form) particularly for those over 60. This study aimed to achieve an understanding of the experience and needs of adults with type IT diabetes in the Western Health Board area, how these needs are met and how they might be met in the future. A qualitative, focus group methodology was employed. Three focus groups were held with individuals aged 55-65 years from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Results showed that diagnosis of diabetes appears to be late and in many cases only discovered by chance. After theĀ· initial shock, individuals do come to terms with diabetes, however the majority did worry about certain aspects of their diabetes. Diabetes has led to a major impact on many of the group's social life, in particular the drinking of alcohol. A significant number of participants were not able to effectively manage their diabetes; diet, weight control, and exercise posed particular difficulties. Use of health services was mainly limited to the General Practitioner; the majority of people were happy with the services received. A number of improvements to services were suggested, and there appeared to be a need for more social and psychological support, education and information.
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Western Health Board (WHB) Department of Public Health.
First Indexed: 2016-04-23 07:03:45 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 07:04:34