Exploration of Factors Impacting the Self-Care of Elders with Diabetes
AuthorBenzel-Lindley, Jean Ann
Committee ChairPhillips, Linda
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAims: Elders with type 2 diabetes represent the faster growing demographic segment today, yet there is little known about the factors that influence their diabetes self care management. The factors (age related developmental deficits, health literacy, knowledge of diabetes as a disease, and prior attendance within a structured diabetes educational program) that most impact diabetes self care among this age group was determined from the literature. Seven research questions and three model hypothesis questions were posed to examine the relationships between these identified factors. Method: The study was composed of 75 elders with type 2 diabetes who resided within two metropolitan regions in the Southwest. The elders were asked to perform manual dexterity tests, visual acuity examination, and tests of cognition along with answering questions in regard to their health literacy and knowledge of diabetes. Results: Of all the factors examined only health literacy and cognitive reasoning ability were statistically significant to the measure of diabetes self care.