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Author Newton-John, Toby RO, author

Title Qualitative data analysis in health psychology : testing theoretical models using qualitative data / Toby RO Newton-John
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018
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Series SAGE Research Methods. Cases
SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary The effective management of type 2 diabetes mellitus is both complex and effortful, with daily blood glucose checking and medication taking, modifications to diet, and engagement in regular physical activity critical to health and well-being. The social environment of individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus is known to play a role in their adherence to treatment, and two models (health-related social control and health-related social support) have been shown to be particularly important in relation to partner or spouse behaviors. We carried out a qualitative investigation of these theoretical models in type 2 diabetes mellitus exploring their relevance to a wider social network. This case study highlights the various methodological and operational issues that we encountered in running this study. We discovered that qualitative methods could be used to test a theoretical model and that this is not just the province of quantitative statistical approaches. However, we also found that even with careful participant recruitment, using purposive sampling, bias can emerge which may affect the data in unexpected ways. Ultimately, the study adds to the body of literature regarding factors that influence treatment adherence in type 2 diabetes mellitus and highlights the fact that following treatment guidelines does not occur in a social vacuum-friends, relatives, and work colleagues can not only be powerful allies but also barriers to optimal diabetes control
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Clinical health psychology.
Non-insulin-dependent diabetes -- Treatment -- Research.
Qualitative research.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526427702
9781526427700 (ebook)