Needs, concerns and self-management experiences of people with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

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Abstract

Background
Type 2 diabetes is associated with increased COVID-19 severity. Little is understood about the needs, concerns and self-management experiences of people with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aim
To examine the lived experiences of people with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Method
This qualitative study recruited people with type 2 diabetes from the SOUth-London Diabetes (SOUL-D) cohort. Semi-structured interviews via telephone were conducted between September 2020 and January 2021. Deductive thematic analysis derived themes from the data to explore needs, concerns and self-management experiences of people with type 2 diabetes.

Results
Twenty-nine people with type 2 diabetes were interviewed. Three themes with subthemes were outlined: (1) information needs of people with type 2 diabetes during the Covid-19 pandemic, (2) concerns about Covid-19 from people with type 2 diabetes and (3) diabetes self management and well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Conclusion
During a pandemic, there is a need for consistent, diabetes-specific, messaging from healthcare professionals for people with type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes need support to access digital resources to aid remote communication. Future research could help develop recourses to prevent social isolation and loneliness for people with type 2 diabetes during a pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Article number e14883
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Early online date24 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2022

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