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Open Access Effective social support resources in self- management of diabetic patients in Bushehr (2011-12)

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Background: Diabetes is a serious problem and self- management is effective factor for diabetes control. Social support is one of the important factors in diabetes self-management. In this study, purpose was determination of effective support resources in self- management. Material and Methods: Data were collected from a convenience sample of 396 diabetic patients, using self- management and social support resources in chronic patient scales. For data analysis with SPSS version 16, multiple linear regression models were used. Results: Among six support resources, maximum support was provided by personal adaptation, health provider, and family/ friends resources (R2= 43%). Personal adaptation was significant predictor for all of self- management aspects except monitoring blood glucose. Health provider was effective factor in self- regulation and interaction with health provider, and family/ friend resource were significant predictors for self- integration, self- regulation, and interaction with health provider. Conclusion: Diabetic patients impart of poor resources for self- management. Personal adaptation was the most important source of self- management and media/ policy, work place, and health organization supports were not effective source for this purpose. Therefore, preparation of this resource may improve diabetes self- management.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Biostatistics, School of Health, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, IRAN

Publication date: 01 January 2013

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