Psychological investigations for adults with type 1 diabetes

Pearson, Richard P.

Clinical psychology
June 2014

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This portfolio thesis consists of three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical report and appendices including a reflective statement.

Part one is a systematic literature review investigating the impact psychological interventions have on aiding glycaemic control in adults with type 1 diabetes. This review systematically searched 6 databases to find 10 randomised control trials which met the requirements of the inclusion and exclusion criteria. A meta-analysis was employed to assess whether glycaemic control improved in the group using psychological interventions compared to individuals receiving usual diabetes care. The results of the investigation are reported along with limitations to the review, and a discussion of study quality and clinical implications.

Part two is an empirical paper which reports the findings of an investigation into objective memory functioning, subjective memory, and differences between objective memory and subjective memory in adults with type 1 diabetes. Objective memory was measured using the BMIPB, whilst subjective memory was assessed using the Memory Functioning Questionnaire. Potential covariates were measured, which included mood, anxiety and information processing speed, to investigate whether they influenced any potential differences between objective and subjective memory. There were three groups of participants used, which were people with poorly-controlled diabetes, people with well-controlled diabetes, and a healthy control group. The results from the study, along with a discussion of clinical implications have been reported.

Part three is comprised of the appendices of supporting information from the empirical paper and systematic literature review, as well as a reflective statement.

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