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Meeting the psychosocial needs of children with diabetes within routine clinical practice

Channon, Susan Jane ORCID:, Hambly, Helen Francesca, Robling, Michael Richard ORCID:, Bennert, Kristina and Gregory, John Welbourn ORCID: 2010. Meeting the psychosocial needs of children with diabetes within routine clinical practice. Diabetic Medicine 27 (10) , pp. 1209-1211. 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03071.x

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Aims There is little guidance for paediatric diabetes teams on how best to meet their patients’ psychosocial needs. The aims of conducting this survey of practitioners were to examine the challenges they face in delivering routine care, elicit their approaches to encouraging behaviour change and to informthe development of a training package to be evaluated in theDevelopment and Evaluation of a Psychosocial Intervention with Children and Teenagers Experiencing Diabetes (DEPICTED) Study. Methods Asemi-structured telephone interviewwas completedwith 44 doctors and seven paediatric diabetes specialist nurses and emergent themes identified. Results The key challenges for practitioners were categorized as engagement and communication, meeting the needs of different ages and helping patients and their families integrate diabetes into their everyday life. Approaches to behaviour change were described in terms of education, advice and listening. Conclusions The survey demonstrates the complexities of communication with such a heterogeneous patient group and the range of approaches taken by practitioners in addressing behaviour change within routine care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; diabetes; practitioners; psychosocial; survey
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0742-3071
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:44

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