Research Critique

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Research Critique: Qualitative Study Jennifer L. Young Grand Canyon University October 10th, 2012 Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and their friends: The influence of this interaction in the management of the disease by Valeria de Cassia Sparapani, Ana Luiza Vilela Borges, Isa Ribeiro de, Oliveira Dantas, Raquel Pan, Lucila Castanheir Nascimento Problem Statement The incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) has increased among children and adolescents. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA 2011), 215,000, or 0.26% of all people less than 20 years old have diabetes, this is about 1 in every 400 children and adolescents This increase has led to the study of how children with DM1 interact with friends and how that interaction influences self-management. This was a qualitative study; information was gathered by conducting semi-structured interviews of 19 children between the ages of seven and 12 years old. Testimonies from the children took place by using qualitative analysis derived from the phenomenon of two perspectives: the attitude of friends in relation to management of DM1 and the attitude of the child with DM1 towards friends. The researcher's goal is to obtain an authentic insight into the participant's experiences. Although data may be collected in a single interview, dialogue between researcher and participant may continue at intervals across weeks or months and provide rich data for analysis (Burns, Grove 2010). This study is important to nursing because it provides insight into the minds of children with DM1. This leads to reasons why a child with DM1 has good or poor self-management of their disease. Children with DM1 can struggle with self-management including, insulin administration, blood sugar checks, and nutrition planning. This study gives nurses tools to intervene and enhance self-management of DM1 for

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