How people living with diabetes in Indonesia learn about their disease: a grounded theory study

Ligita, Titan, Wicking, Kristin, Francis, Karen, Harvey, Nichole, and Nurjannah, Intansari (2019) How people living with diabetes in Indonesia learn about their disease: a grounded theory study. PLoS ONE, 14 (2). e0212019.

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Background Diabetes education has been found to impact positively on self-management by people with diabetes although little is known about the process by which they assimilate information. The aim of this study was to generate a theory explaining the process by which people with diabetes learn about their disease in Indonesia.

Methods This study employed a grounded theory methodology influenced by constructivism and symbolic interactionism. A total of twenty-eight face-to-face or telephone interviews with participants from Indonesia that included people with diabetes, healthcare professionals, health service providers and families of people with diabetes were conducted in both Indonesia and Australia.

Results This study discloses a core category of Learning, choosing, and acting: self-management of diabetes in Indonesia as the basic social process of how people learn about their diabetes. The process includes five distinctive major categories. People with diabetes acted after they had received recommendations that they considered to be trustworthy. Factors that influenced their choice of recommendations to adopt are also identified.

Conclusions Awareness of the complexity involved in their decision making will assist healthcare professionals to engage effectively with people living with diabetes.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Copyright Information: Copyright: © 2019 Ligita et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 5 of the following PhD thesis: Ligita, Titan (2019) Self-management of diabetes by people in Indonesia: a grounded theory. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 01:39
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