Research: HARTRICK, University of V

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HARTRICK, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada writes that recent research has raised questions regarding the validity and relevance of practitioners perspectives regarding diabetes and diabetes care.



The author conducted a qualitative research study to reveal an insiders perspective of how Type I diabetes is meaningfully experienced.


The results indicate that although diabetics share a common disease, the meaning of this disease in peoples lives is unique and varied. In order to provide holistic care, nurses must help people to discover and articulate the meaning of diabetes in their lives and to acknowledge and attend to the significant elements within their experiences.



Hartrick GA. The meaning of diabetes. Significance for holistic nursing practice. J Holist Nurs. 16(1): 76-87. Mar 1998.

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