Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor's Name

Divina Grossman

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Lourdes Lizardo

Third Advisor's Name

Jay Sosenko

Date of Defense

3-26-1997

Abstract

Self-care and health beliefs have been found to be important concepts in the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus. Poor metabolic control has been associated with a higher incidence of complications in diabetic patients. This study sought to explore any relationships among perceptions of self-care behaviors, health beliefs and metabolic control.

The sample consisted of 52 outpatients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes from a large teaching medical center. Interviews were done to obtain the patients' perceptions of their self-care behaviors, and their health beliefs concerning diabetes. Results of glycosylated hemoglobin and/or serum glucose levels were obtained from the medical records. Data were analyzed using Cochran-Mantel-Haenzel statistics, and Pearson's r.

Results indicated no significant relationships among perceptions of self-care behaviors, health beliefs and metabolic control. Ethnicity, education and gender were found to be significantly associated with self-care behaviors and health beliefs.


Identifier

FI14032322

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