Week 5 Discussion Post: Qualitative Research

Chamberlain university library was accessed for full-text qualitative articles on diabetes management. Keywords used include “diabetes,” “diabetes management,” “non-pharmacological intervention.” In the advanced search criteria, the search was limited to peer-reviewed studies conducted in English in the last five years, i.e., 2017 to 2021. The practice problem is diabetes management for individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The written reference selected is “Digital Health Interventions for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Qualitative Study of Patient Perspectives on Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support” (Pal et al., 2018).


The permalink to the chosen article: https://chamberlain.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01CUCON_INST/f6kb8f/cdi_proquest_miscellaneous_2007122259 (Links to an external site.)


Describe the value of the qualitative research findings related to the National Practice Problem. The study sought to explore the patients’ views on unmet needs crucial for effective diabetes self-management. In addition, the study sought to examine the impact of digital health interventions for adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The study found that diagnosis with diabetes type 2 places a significant on patients and their families, and the associated negative impacts on their social life, emotional, and physical health. Equally, the study found out that even the best health care, including medication regime, patient education, and information programs, cannot comprehensively support patients’ emotional, psychological, and behavioral impact of diabetes type 2 diagnosis, thus, the need for self-management. Significantly, digital health interventions can help address unmet needs by emphasizing emotional management, availability of health care personnel, providing updated evidence-based patient guide, availability of professional and peer advice. The study bases the findings on a broad sample consisting of four focus groups with 20 patients. The study first assessed patient needs/wants to base on the Corbin and Strauss model to identify self-management needs and rolled out a web-based intervention for adults diagnosed with type two diabetes. Together, these findings are crucial for patient self-management support and education programs to help reduce complication risks and improve glycemic control.



Pal, K., Dack, C., Ross, J., Michie, S., May, C., Stevenson, F., … & Murray, E. (2018). Digital health interventions for adults with type 2 diabetes: a qualitative study of patient perspectives on diabetes self-management education and support. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(2), e8439. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.8439 (Links to an external site.)



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