Factors affecting uptake of an education and physical activity programme for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes

Visram, Shelina, Bremner, A. S., Harrington, Barbara and Hawthorne, Gillian (2008) Factors affecting uptake of an education and physical activity programme for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. European Diabetes Nursing, 5 (1). pp. 17-22. ISSN 1551-7853

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/edn.97

Abstract

Background
Intensive lifestyle intervention involving weight reduction and moderate physical activity has been shown to help regulate, and even prevent, type 2 diabetes.
Aim
This study sought to explore factors affecting uptake of an education and physical activity programme for those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Method
Focus group discussions were conducted with individuals who completed the programme and semi-structured interviews were conducted with those who declined the invitation to attend. Data were analysed using a thematic framework approach and key similarities and differences between the groups were identified.
Results
The 11 programme participants studied appeared to have received clearer messages about the severity of unmanaged diabetes, whereas the 10 non-attenders studied felt that co-morbidities posed greater risks to their health. There were major concerns among both groups about undertaking exercise, and strategies for diabetes management focused heavily on dietary modification.
Conclusion
The findings of this study suggest that fears and lack of understanding about both diabetes and exercise can act as barriers to engaging in physical activity. These findings are supported by the literature and highlight the need for more tailored programmes of lifestyle intervention for those with type 2 diabetes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-management, lifestyle
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 11:06
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/409

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