The empowerment process in people with diabetes : an Iranian perspective

Abdoli, S., Ashktorab, T., Ahmadi, F., Parvizi, S. and Dunning, T. 2008, The empowerment process in people with diabetes : an Iranian perspective, International nursing review, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 447-453, doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00664.x.

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Title The empowerment process in people with diabetes : an Iranian perspective
Author(s) Abdoli, S.
Ashktorab, T.
Ahmadi, F.
Parvizi, S.
Dunning, T.ORCID iD for Dunning, T.
Journal name International nursing review
Volume number 55
Issue number 4
Start page 447
End page 453
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0020-8132
Keyword(s) Empowerment process
Grounded theory
People with diabetes
Summary Background: Empowerment and power are well-researched concepts concerning people with chronic diseases. However, few researchers have focused specifically on the process of empowerment in Iranian people with diabetes. Understanding the empowerment process could help health professionals facilitate empowerment.
Aim: To explore the empowerment process in Iranian people with diabetes.
Method: A grounded theory research design was used incorporating in-depth interviews to collect the data from men and women aged 21–73 years (n = 16). Data were collected between February and July 2007. Constant comparative analysis was undertaken to identify key categories.
Findings: Participants indicated being embarrassed by the diagnosis, thirsting to learn, living in the shadow of fear, accepting diabetes as reality, managing diabetes and feeling empowered were distinct but interconnected phases in the empowerment process. The empowerment process was influenced by cultural and religious beliefs including the concept of the doctor as holy man, accepting diabetes as God's will, caring for the body because it was God's gift, paying attention to symptomatic disease, and support from peers and family, especially daughters.
The empowerment process consists of several distinct but interconnected phases. The findings will help health professionals develop a deeper understanding of how Iranian people with diabetes become empowered.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00664.x
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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