Living with diabetes: issues for nursing practice


Dr A Williams Lecturer School of Nursing Studies University of Manchester Manchester M1 3 9PL England


Discussion in this paper is based on findings drawn from research undertaken within a qualitative framework of analysis, and with the purpose of exploring people's perceptions of living with diabetes, including the nursing care they receive A major theoretical concern is to demonstrate the importance of placing patients’and clients’experiences at the centre of nursing interest and practice It is argued that understanding a disease process should of necessity include an understanding of the concerns of those who live with it Findings related to the following research questions are discussed first, what are the challenges of living with diabetes? and second, what are people's perceptions of the nursing care they receive?