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Experiences of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8267-592X
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Diabetes and Treatment, ISSN ?, J111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims: To describe adults’ experiences of hypoglycaemia in diabetes mellitus, and the consequences of hypoglycaemia in daily life.

Methods: This study was conducted using qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach. It was performed as a secondary analysis of semi-structured interviews. A total of 29 people participated in the study: 15 with type 1 diabetes and 14 with type 2 diabetes.

Results: The theme that emerged was: Hypoglycaemia is an ever-present risk that manifests itself in different ways. The following categories were identified: Symptoms of hypoglycaemia can appear like a bolt from the blue. Knowledge comes from life experiences. Training and exercise today often have consequences tomorrow. Self-management may be perceived as a feeling of not being free. Family support can provide security in the illness.

Conclusion: Hypoglycaemia is perceived as an ever-present risk that can come like a bolt from the blue, which in turn causes fear and problems in the daily life of people with diabetes. Better support, help and information from specialist nurses is needed. Family members should also be given more knowledge and information, in order to reduce the fear and discomfort of hypoglycaemia.

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Gavin Publishers , 2017. J111
Keyword [en]
Diabetes Mellitus, Hypoglycemia, Life Experiences, Qualitative
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Health Sciences
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24689DiVA: diva2:1087086
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Available from: 2017-04-05 Created: 2017-04-05 Last updated: 2017-04-05Bibliographically approved

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