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Couples living with type 1 diabetes: An integrative review of the impacts on health and wellbeing

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Rossella Messina, Mette Due-Christensen, Anita Keller-Senn, Elzbieta Polek, Maria Pia Fantini, Jackie Sturt

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2018

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Impacts of type 1 diabetes and relationship factors on health and wellbeing of both persons with diabetes and partners (T1D partners) have not been investigated. Integrative review methods evaluated the evidence. From 323 titles, we included 24 studies involving 16,083 persons with diabetes and 1020 T1D partners. Studies were quantitative (n = 13), qualitative (n = 9) and mixed methods (n = 2). Maintaining resilient, good quality, intimate relationships optimises physical and psychological outcomes for persons with diabetes. Partners experience disturbed sleep and while general psychological health is maintained, distress surrounding hypoglycaemia is overwhelming for over a third of partners. Nurturing quality relationships could reap significant health benefits.

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