Exploring the effects of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence
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Exploring the effects of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence

Tracy Corbett Lecturer in Health, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Joanne Smith Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the challenges that adolescents with type 1 diabetes may experience

  • To enhance your awareness of the psychological effects of a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for young people and their families

  • To understand the role of the nurse in providing care and support for adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a complex long-term condition for which there is no cure. It can have significant consequences for patients, who need to adapt their lives to a demanding regimen of insulin therapy and will be at risk of various health complications, some of which are potentially fatal. A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes may come as a shock and may be challenging for the patient to accept, and when the condition is diagnosed in adolescence it is likely to compound the challenges many young people experience during this crucial developmental period. This article explores the effects of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence and describes the challenges involved in the management of this condition. It also outlines the role of the nurse in caring for and supporting adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11556

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Correspondence

T.Corbett@bolton.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Corbett T, Smith J (2020) Exploring the effects of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11556

Published online: 22 June 2020

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