Understanding Physicians’ Challenges When Treating Type 2 Diabetic Patients’ Social and Emotional Difficulties

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Title: Understanding Physicians’ Challenges When Treating Type 2 Diabetic Patients’ Social and Emotional Difficulties
Author: Hultgren, Brittney A.; Brooks, Kelly M.; Beverly, Elizabeth Ann; Ritholz, Marilyn Denise; Abrahamson, Martin Julian; Weinger, Katie

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Citation: Beverly, Elizabeth A., Brittney A. Hultgren, Kelly M. Brooks, Marilyn D. Ritholz, Martin J. Abrahamson, and Katie Weinger. 2011. Understanding physicians’ challenges when treating type 2 diabetic patients’ social and emotional difficulties. Diabetes Care 34(5): 1086-1088.
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Abstract: Objective: To explore physicians’ awareness of and responses to type 2 diabetic patients’ social and emotional difficulties. Research Design and Methods: We conducted semistructured interviews with 19 physicians. Interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Three themes emerged: 1) physicians’ awareness of patients’ social and emotional difficulties: physicians recognized the frequency and seriousness of patients’ social and emotional difficulties; 2) physicians’ responses to patients’ social and emotional difficulties: many reported that intervening with these difficulties was challenging with few treatment options beyond making referrals, individualizing care, and recommending more frequent follow-up visits; and 3) the impact of patients’ social and emotional difficulties on physicians: few available patient treatment options, time constraints, and a perceived lack of psychological expertise contributed to physicians’ feeling frustrated, inadequate, and overwhelmed. Conclusions: Recognition and understanding of physicians’ challenges when treating diabetes patients’ social and emotional difficulties are important for developing programmatic interventions.
Published Version: doi:10.2337/dc10-2298
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3114520/pdf/
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