Factors that affect adolescents’ adherence to diabetes treatment
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Factors that affect adolescents’ adherence to diabetes treatment

Laura Cox Staff nurse, Southampton University Hospital, Bournemouth University
Jane Hunt Senior lecturer, Children’s and young people’s nursing, Bournemouth University

Laura Cox and Jane Hunt identify individual and combinations of factors, such as parental and peer attitudes, that influence the extent to which young people adhere to medication regimens

There is strong evidence suggesting young people with type 1 diabetes experience difficulties adhering to their treatment regimens. The purpose of this literature review is to identify reasons for a lack of compliance in adolescents to allow nurses to develop knowledge to help improve treatment adherence. A literature search was undertaken by searching databases using key terms and inclusion criteria identified. The three themes are: parental influence, peer influence and depression. Findings indicate parental influence may be the main contributing factor towards non-compliance; however, associations between themes imply non-compliance is a result of a combination of factors. Limitations have been highlighted from the articles reviewed and provide opportunity for future research.

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 1, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.1.16.e565



Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 September 2014

Accepted: 07 November 2014

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