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Struggling towards diagnosis: Experiences of Iranian diabetes

Karimi Moonaghi, H. and Namdar Areshtanab, H. and Joibari, L. and Arshadi Bostanabad, M. and McDonald, H. (2014) Struggling towards diagnosis: Experiences of Iranian diabetes. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 16 (7). ISSN 20741804 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: Healthcare-seeking behavior is one of the factors determining the uptake and outcome of healthcare. However, few studies have discussed how and why diabetics seek healthcare assistance before meeting a physician. Objectives: In this study, we explored the subjective experiences of healthcare-seeking behavior among Iranian patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Patients and Methods: A qualitative approach was adopted using a conventional content analysis of semi-structured interviews carried out in the Diabetes Association in Tabriz (Iran) with 15 participants suffering from type 2 diabetes. Participants were recruited by the purposeful sampling method. Results: Five themes emerged from the study: 1) warning by physical signs; 2) personal processing; 3) self-remedy and its outcomes; 4) seeking information, and; 5) diagnosis and verification of information by healthcare staff. Conclusions: Individual social context plays an important role in the decision-making process when seeking healthcare for diabetes. The results of this study can be utilized by healthcare providers to facilitate interventions to increase diabetics' active involvement in their healthcare, and encourage a wider knowledge of its symptoms and outcomes to facilitate appropriate healthcare-seeking and service use. © 2014, Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: C7 - e16547 [EPrints field already has value set] LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Iran. Red Crescent Med. J. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Medical Surgery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Seabird Island Band, Vancouver, Canada [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, Healthcare-seeking behavior, Qualitative research
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
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Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 10:07
Last Modified: 05 May 2015 03:55
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/1794

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