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dc.contributor.authorSmith, D.
dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, P.
dc.contributor.authorHowe, J.
dc.contributor.authorMumford, T.
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Alan
dc.contributor.authorRuddock, A.
dc.contributor.authorTierney, S.
dc.contributor.authorWearden, A.
dc.identifier.citationSmith, D. and Donnelly, P. and Howe, J. and Mumford, T. and Campbell, A. and Ruddock, A. and Tierney, S. et al. 2018. A qualitative interview study of people living with well-controlled Type 1 diabetes. Psychology and Health. 33 (7): pp. 872-887.

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Objective: While many people with Type 1 diabetes find it difficult to achieve recommended blood glucose levels, a minority do achieve good control. Our study was conceived by patient and public (PP) partners and sought to learn about experiences of people living with well-controlled diabetes. Design: A collaboration between academic health psychologists and five PP partners with experience of diabetes, who were trained to conduct and analyse semi-structured interviews. Fifteen adults with well-controlled Type 1 diabetes were interviewed about the history of their diabetes and their current self-management practices. Interviews were subjected to inductive thematic analysis. Results: Eight sub-themes were arranged into two overarching themes, ‘facing up to diabetes’ and ‘balance leads to freedom’. Participants described a process of acceptance and mastery of diabetes, and talked about how they gained a deeper understanding of bodily processes through trial and error. Conclusion: Based on the experiences of people with well-controlled Type 1 diabetes, interventions for people with this condition should encourage acceptance of the diagnosis and increasing confidence to experiment with behaviours (trial and error) to encourage ‘mastery’ of self-management. The research collaboration described here is an example of best practice for future researchers wanting to actively engage PP partners.

dc.titleA qualitative interview study of people living with well-controlled Type 1 diabetes
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titlePsychology and Health
curtin.departmentSchool of Occ Therapy, Social Work and Speech Path
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