'Diabetes is nothing': the experience of older Singaporean women living and coping with type 2 diabetes

Jiemin Li, Vicki Blair Drury, Beverley Joan Taylor

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe, through qualitative methods, the experiences and ways of coping of older Singaporean Chinese women with type 2 diabetes. Methods: Using a qualitative approach, 10 Singaporean Chinese women between the ages of 60-69 described their experiences of living and coping with type 2 diabetes. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews and analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Three themes were identified in the analysis: (i) Living with diabetes; (ii) Coping with diabetes; and (iii) Caring for the self in diabetes. Conclusions: Findings indicate that women living and coping with diabetes confront numerous issues. In order to help these patients initiate and sustain lifestyle modifications, healthcare providers are encouraged to be empathetic and supportive and an understanding of the coping strategies used will ensure that effective coping strategies are utilised. Furthermore, diabetes education for family members will assist them to provide essential, ongoing support for the patient.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188 - 196
    Number of pages9
    JournalContemporary Nurse
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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