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Self-management in early adolescence and differences by age at diagnosis and duration of type 1 diabetes (USA)

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The purpose of this cross-sectional study from the USA was to describe the frequency of diabetes self-management activities, processes, and goals among 320 adolescents. In addition, differences in self-management by age at diagnosis and duration of diabetes were explored.

Results showeda transitional pattern of self-management with a high frequency of diabetes care activities, problem solving, and goals and variable amounts of collaboration with parents. Youth with short diabetes duration reported performing significantly more diabetes care activities than individuals with a longer duration. Individuals with short diabetes duration had more frequent communication than individuals with a longer duration. Among those diagnosed at younger ages, those with short diabetes duration reported significantly more diabetes goals than those with a longer duration. The authors conclude that a more specific understanding of self-management may help clinicians provide more targeted education and support. Adolescents with a long duration of diabetes need additional self-management support, particularly for diabetes care activities and communication.

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Chao, A. (2014). Self-management in early adolescence and differences by age at diagnosis and duration of type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 40 (2), 167-177.