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Johnson, Rebecca A. (Rebecca Ann)

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Nursing


Diabetics--Education; Diabetes--Treatment; Patient education; Community health services


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between a community-based diabetes education program and control of glycosylated hemoglobin and body weight in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Roy?s adaptation model of nursing provided the theoretical framework for this study. A convenience sample of 31 adults with Type 2 diabetes were recruited from an outpatient endocrinologist?s office that offered a community-based diabetes education program. A one-group pre and post quasiexperimental investigation was conducted to ascertain changes in glycosylated hemoglobin and body weight. Data collection was conducted by retrospective record audit at three months, six months, and one year post-intervention. A paired t test was used to analyze the variations in the glycosylated hemoglobin and body weight over time. Findings showed statistically significant lower glycosylated hemoglobin levels postintervention at the three month, six month, and one year check points. No statistically significant differences were found in post-intervention body weight measurements except for those subjects who had had diabetes less than ten years. These subjects? data approached statistical significance for the weight loss at six months post-intervention. Findings suggest that the community-based education program was effective in helping patients achieve improved blood glucose control.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 80-85).


x, 102 pages




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