Everyday life of a family with diabetes as described by adults with type 1 diabetes
Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2013
Copyright © 2013 FEND. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Diabetes Nursing
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 86–90, 0/30 November 2013
How to Cite
Rintala, T.-M., Paavilainen, E. and Åstedt-Kurki, P. (2013), Everyday life of a family with diabetes as described by adults with type 1 diabetes. Eur. Diab. Nursing, 10: 86–90. doi: 10.1002/edn.234
- Issue online: 18 NOV 2013
- Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAY 2012
- diabetes mellitus;
- adult person;
- everyday life
Diabetes mellitus is a common chronic disease. According to previous research, family has an important role in the management of diabetes among children and adolescents.
The aim of this study was to describe how adult people with type 1 diabetes experience everyday life in their families.
The Straussian grounded theory method was used to analyse data collected by interviewing 19 people with type 1 diabetes.
On the basis of the data, eight concepts describing different views on everyday living with diabetes were generated: managing hypoglycaemia; balancing self-management needs; performing daily routines in the family; living with changing feelings; diabetes being invisibly present; protecting the family's well-being; the family members variously contributing to the self-management; and learning to live with diabetes in the family.
In conclusion, everyday life in families includes many different issues and family members are involved in the self-management of diabetes in many ways. In the interests of developing family-centred education and care, it is important to understand how adult people with type 1 diabetes experience everyday life within their families. Eur Diabetes Nursing 2013; 10(3): 86–90