Type 2 diabetes: how do Thai Buddhist people with diabetes practise self-management?
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 68, Issue 3, pages 550–558, March 2012
How to Cite
Lundberg, P. C. and Thrakul, S. (2012), Type 2 diabetes: how do Thai Buddhist people with diabetes practise self-management?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68: 550–558. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05756.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011
- Accepted for publication 26 April 2011
- Thai Buddhist people with diabetes;
- type 2 diabetes
lundberg p.c. & thrakul s. (2012) Type 2 diabetes: how do Thai Buddhist people with diabetes practise self-management? Journal of Advanced Nursing68(3), 550–558.
Aims. This paper is a report of a study of how Thai Buddhist people with type 2 diabetes practice self-management.
Background. The importance of diabetes self-management is recognized in the literature. However, research on self-care management in Thailand, in particular concerning Buddhist people with type 2 diabetes, is scarce.
Methods. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted. Purposive convenience sampling was used, and thirty men and women with diabetes, aged 28–79 years, participated. Data were collected from June to August 2009 and analysed by use of manifest and latent content analysis.
Findings. Five themes of self-management among Thai Buddhist people with type 2 diabetes were identified: cultural influence on disease control, Buddhism and Thai culture, struggle for disease control, family support and economy a high priority.
Conclusion. Even though the Buddhist people with diabetes had certain self-management capabilities, many had poor control of their blood sugar levels and needed assistance. Reference to Buddhist moderation can be an effective means of helping the people with diabetes better manage their disease and change their lifestyles. In addition to cultural and religious traditions, family, economy and social environment should be taken into account both in the care and in interventions aimed at helping people with diabetes cope and empowering them to control their disease.