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


Ligita, T and Wicking, K and Francis, K and Harvey, N and Nurjannah, I, How people living with diabetes in Indonesia learn about their disease: a grounded theory study, PLoS ONE, 14, (2) Article e0212019. ISSN 1932-6203 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2019 Ligita et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0212019


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Endocrinology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:132293
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-05-02
Last Modified:2020-03-17
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