How young people can learn about newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes
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How young people can learn about newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes

Stefan Nilsson Associate professor, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Stefan Nilsson presents a study showing that tablet computer apps can be a valuable aid for children in the understanding and self-management of type 1 diabetes

This article describes a small-scale study of children’s experiences of using a tablet computer with pre-installed apps designed to support individuals with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes. A total of 15 children (seven boys and eight girls), aged from 6.5 to 16, chose to use a tablet during their stay in hospital, and were then interviewed by telephone within two weeks after discharge. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis, and subcategories were abstracted to categories. The results consisted of three categories and seven subcategories. The children found it helpful to use a range of different styles of learning about diabetes. A combination of educational tools and learning strategies, including conversations with nurses who are diabetes specialists, and the use of tablet-based apps, helps to support newly diagnosed children’s learning about type 1 diabetes and its management.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 3,22-26. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.3.22.s21

Correspondence

stefan.nilsson.4@gu.se

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 26 June 2015

Accepted: 19 October 2015