Patients' Perspectives About Dietary Maintenance In Type 2 Diabetes

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Melissa Gutschall, Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This investigation used a qualitative, open-ended semistructured interview guide to understand the perspectives of individuals with type 2 diabetes (n = 23) concerning factors necessary to maintain dietary changes. Five categories related to maintenance of diagnosis-related dietary changes emerged: self-discipline; understanding emotions; supportive relationships with family, friends, and health care providers; need for education; and strategies to maintain a healthy diet. While the small sample limits applicability of findings to all people with diabetes, dietitians can develop a repertoire of strategies within each category to facilitate mastery over daily challenges and maintenance of healthy dietary behaviors.

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Gutschall, Melissa PhD, RD; Onega, Lisa L. PhD, RN; Wright, Wanda K. MSN (2011). Patients' Perspectives About Dietary Maintenance in Type 2 Diabetes. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, July/September 2011. Vol. 26, no. 3, p 180-189. doi: 10.1097/TIN.0b013e3182260d69. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2011
behavior change, dietary maintenance, patient perspective, type 2 diabetes

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