Interaction between diabetes specialist nurses and patients during group sessions about self-management in type 2 diabetes
2014 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 94, no 2, 187-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the interaction between diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) and patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) during group sessions about self-management. Methods: Ten DSNs and 44 patients were observed during group sessions about self-management, and thereafter the observations were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The interaction was characterized by three themes: becoming empowered, approaching each other from different perspectives, and struggling for authority. The interaction was not a linear process, but rather a dynamic process with distinct episodes that characterized the content of the sessions. Conclusion: It is important to achieve an interaction that is patient-centered, where the DSN is aware of each patient's individual needs and avoids responding to patients in a normative way. A satisfying interaction may strengthen patients' self-management, and also may strengthen the DSNs in their professional performance. Practice implications: Authority struggles between patients and DSNs could be a prerequisite for patients to become autonomous and decisive in self-management. DSNs might benefit from an increased awareness about this issue, because they can better support patients if they do not perceive authority struggles as threats to their professional role. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 94, no 2, 187-192 p.
Diabetes specialist nurse, Interaction, Patient, Self-management, Type 2 diabetes
Nursing Endocrinology and Diabetes
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87421DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.10.010ISI: 000331923700007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-87421DiVA: diva2:709310