The experiences of people with diabetes mellitus and hypoglycaemia unawareness

Gleeson, Jessica Rachael

Clinical psychology
May 2017

Thesis or dissertation


Rights
© 2017 Jessica Rachael Gleeson. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

This portfolio thesis contains three separate parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical study and a set of associated appendices.

Part one is a systematic literature review which synthesises published literature which explores the experiences of those who care for an adult who has hypoglycaemia. A systematic database search identified nine articles which were included in the review. The synthesis resulted in four overarching themes: emotional impact on the caregiver, effect on the partnership, restricting activities and seeking knowledge and support. Overall results are discussed in terms of their quality and their implications for future research and clinical practice.

Part two is an empirical paper exploring patient experiences of having both diabetes mellitus and hypoglycaemia unawareness. A qualitative methodology was used to explore lived experiences. Six participants shared their subjective experiences which were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three overarching themes were identified: ‘I call my diabetes the beast because it just doesn’t do as it’s told,’ ‘It’s like waking up every day with a giant above your bed saying right; you’ve got to look after me today’ and ‘I’ve got this condition and it’s ruining my life. I just want to be normal.’ The findings are considered within the context of existing literature and clinical implications are discussed.

Part three includes appendices from both the systematic literature review and the empirical paper. An epistemological statement and a reflective statement outlining the research process are also included.

Publisher
Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Alexander, Tim (Clinical psychologist); Wolverson, Emma
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
ClinPsyD
Language
English
Extent
1 MB
Identifier
hull:16420
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