rss
Evid Based Nurs 11:93 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.3.93
  • Qualitative

3 themes described what involvement in treatment decision making meant to patients with diabetes

V Entwistle

Dr V Entwistle, Universities of Dundee & St Andrews, Dundee, Scotland, UK; v.a.entwistle@dundee.ac.uk

QUESTION

What does being involved in treatment decision making mean to patients with diabetes?

DESIGN

Qualitative study.

SETTING

4 multipractitioner outpatient diabetes clinics in Scotland, UK.

PARTICIPANTS

7 adults with type 1 diabetes and 11 with type 2 diabetes (age range 20–79 y, 56% men).

METHODS

Patients participated in semi-structured interviews ⩽1 week after an outpatient visit. Interviews addressed patients’ experiences with, and feelings about, involvement in treatment decision making. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed, and data were analysed thematically.

MAIN FINDINGS

All patients had an understanding of involvement, and most comments focused on decision making about treatment for which health professionals were the gate keepers. Issues that patients associated with involvement in treatment decision making were grouped into 3 broad, overlapping themes. (1) Ethos and feel of healthcare encounters. Patients associated several professional behaviours with involvement, including being friendly and welcoming, “taking an active …

Free Sample

This recent issue is free to all users to allow everyone the opportunity to see the full scope and typical content of EBN.
View free sample issue >>

EBN Journal Chat

The EBN Journal Chat offers readers the opportunity to participate in discussion about research articles and commentaries from Evidence Based Nursing (EBN).

How to participate >>

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the articles as they are published.

Navigate This Article