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Characteristics of nursing studies in diabetes research published over three decades in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland: a narrative review of the literature
Bergen Univ Coll, Fac Hlth & Social Sci, Ctr Evidence Based Practice, Bergen, Norway.;Stavanger Univ Hosp, Endocrinol Sect, Dept Med, Stavanger, Norway..
Bergen Univ Coll, Fac Hlth & Social Sci, Ctr Evidence Based Practice, Bergen, Norway.;Haukeland Hosp, Dept Pediat, Bergen, Norway..
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8682-2045
Uppsala Univ, Dept Med Sci, Uppsala, Sweden..
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2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 30, no 2, 241-249 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Similarities and differences across borders of Nordic countries constitute a suitable context for investigating and discussing factors related to the development of diabetes nursing research over the last three decades. The present study reviewed the entire body of contemporary diabetes nursing research literature originating in four Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. Our aims were (i) to catalogue and characterise trends in research designs and research areas of these studies published over time and (ii) to describe how research involving nurses in Nordic countries has contributed to diabetes research overall. The larger goal of our analyses was to produce a comprehensive picture of this research in order to guide future studies in the field. We conducted a narrative literature review by systematically searching Medline, Medline in process, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Cochrane databases. These searches were limited to studies published between 1979 and 2009 that had an abstract available in English or a Nordic language. Two researchers independently selected studies for analysis, leading to the inclusion of 164 relevant publications for analysis. In summary, Nordic nurse researchers have contributed to the development of new knowledge in self-management of diabetes in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and to some extent also in the treatment and care of diabetes foot ulcers. Future research may benefit from (i) larger nurse-led research programmes organised in networks in order to share knowledge and expertise across national groups and borders, (ii) more multidisciplinary collaborations in order to promote patient-centred care and (iii) further research directed towards improving the dissemination and implementation of research findings. Using complex intervention designs and a mix of research methods will enrich the research.

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2016. Vol. 30, no 2, 241-249 p.
Keyword [en]
literature review, nursing, research, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23257DOI: 10.1111/scs.12259ISI: 000383802300004PubMedID: 26333150OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23257DiVA: diva2:1034923
Available from: 2016-10-13 Created: 2016-10-13 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved

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