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COMING OF AGE WITH DIABETES - PATIENTS VIEWS OF A CLINIC FOR UNDER-25 YEAR OLDS

EISER, C; FLYNN, M; GREEN, E; HAVERMANS, T; KIRBY, R; SANDEMAN, D; TOOKE, JE; (1993) COMING OF AGE WITH DIABETES - PATIENTS VIEWS OF A CLINIC FOR UNDER-25 YEAR OLDS. DIABETIC MED , 10 (3) 285 - 289.

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Abstract

This study is both an evaluation of patients' perceptions of a diabetes clinic for under-25 year olds, and an assessment of experiences in transferring from a paediatric clinic. Sixty-nine patients with Type 1 diabetes (74% of the total clinic), including 41 females, completed evaluations of the clinic and recall of experiences in transfer. Mean age on transferring clinic was 15.9 (range 12-20) years. Paediatricians were perceived to emphasise family and social life, school or work progress; adult physicians tended to stress the risk of long-term complications, importance of exercise and need to-maintain strict levels of glycaemic control. Our data suggest that transition to adult care can generally be achieved non-traumatically, but patients may perceive some difficulty because of different emphases and treatment advice favoured by paediatricians and adult physicians.

Type: Article
Title: COMING OF AGE WITH DIABETES - PATIENTS VIEWS OF A CLINIC FOR UNDER-25 YEAR OLDS
Keywords: TYPE-1 DIABETES, KNOWLEDGE, ADOLESCENCE
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1310816
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