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:: Volume 10, Issue 5 (1-2009) ::
2009, 10(5): 455-464 Back to browse issues page
Barriers to and Facilitators of Empowerment in People with Diabetes
S. Abdoli , T. Ashktorab , F. Ahmadi , S. Parvizi
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Introduction: Empowerment in individuals with people diabetes is well researched. However, few researchers have focused specifically on the barriers to and facilitators of empowerment in Iranians with diabetes. Understanding the barriers and facilitators that affect the empowerment process could help health professionals to more effectively facilitate self-empowerment. Materials and Methods: A grounded theory research design was used with in-depth interviews to collect the data from a purposive sample of males and females aged 21-73 years. Data were collected between February and July 2007. Themes were identified using the early steps of the grounded theory data analysis. Results: Common barriers to empowerment were similar to other chronic diseases viZ prolonged stress, negative view about diabetes, ineffective healthcare systems, poverty and illiteracy. Diabetes education, fear of diabetes' complications, and hope for a better future also emerged as being crucial to empowerment. Facilitators specific to Iranians were the concept of the doctor as a holy man, accepting diabetes as God's will and the body as God's gift and support from peers and especially from daughters. Conclusion: Iranians with diabetes describe similar facilitators and barriers to empowerment quite similar to those as people from other countries as well as some specific to Iran. Empowerment is strongly affected by cultural and religious beliefs in Iran. Health professionals with deeper understanding of information about diabetics' lives and sources of strength could facilitate the process.
Keywords: Grounded theory, Patient empowerment, People with diabetes, Qualitative research
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Received: 2009/02/4 | Published: 2009/01/15
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Abdoli S, Ashktorab T, Ahmadi F, Parvizi S. Barriers to and Facilitators of Empowerment in People with Diabetes. Iranian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism 2009; 10 (5) :455-464
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Volume 10, Issue 5 (1-2009) Back to browse issues page
مجله ی غدد درون‌ریز و متابولیسم ایران، دو ماهنامه  پژوهشی مرکز تحقیقات غدد درون‌ریز و متابولیسم، Iranian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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