Patients’ lived experiences of self-injectable diabetes treatment: A phenomenological study

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Patients’ lived experiences of self-injectable diabetes treatment: A phenomenological study
Creator Ndara, Frans N. Nuuyoma, Vistolina
Subject — diabetes; diabetes mellitus; diabetes treatment; patients’ experiences; self-administration; self-care; self-injection; self-management; type 1 diabetes; type 2 diabetes
Description Background: A diabetes diagnosis has significant implications and affects the individual’s health and social opportunities; it may also carry ethical and cultural consequences, especially when self-injectable treatment is involved. Therefore, it is important to understand lived experiences of patients on self-injectable diabetes treatment to establish initiatives and develop coping mechanisms that may reduce disease morbidity.Aim: This study explored and described patients’ lived experiences of self-injectable treatment for diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2.Setting: The study was conducted in the Rundu health district, Kavango east region, Namibia.Method: A phenomenological qualitative design was used. The sample consisted of 10 purposively selected patients on self-injectable treatment and data were collected through unstructured individual interviews. Data analysis followed an interpretative phenomenological approach. Ethical principles were adhered to, including respect for autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice and ethical clearance was obtained.Results: Self-injectable treatment is cost-effective, promotes self-care, and relieves the burden on nurses and doctors. But it is a lonely journey, causing uncertainty about the future and self-stigmatisation. Moreover, unfamiliarity with injection techniques, challenges in storing medication, and disposing of used needles and other waste were revealed.Conclusion: Patients on self-injectable diabetes treatment have positive and negative lived experiences. It is recommended that family members provide adequate support and that healthcare workers reinforce education on diabetes for these individuals.Contribution: The findings can be used to develop patients’ education and training packages, guide the development and implementation of diabetes coping mechanisms, and initiate intersectoral collaboration to assist patients undergoing injectable treatment.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-09-15
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2359
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 28 (2023); 10 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage Africa 2022 23-55 years; males; females; African
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Frans N. Ndara, Vistolina Nuuyoma