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Study calls on nurses to support students with diabetes

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Nurses need to be aware of the disruption that young people with type 1 diabetes experience to their self-care routines if they go to university, suggests a study.

Irish researchers carried out a qualitative study involving 17 patients, who were interviewed twice and kept research diaries over a two week period.

The study was led by Myles Balfe from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin. He said: “Difficulties stemmed both from the irregular nature of university life and from students’ desires not to let their diabetes interfere with their student lives.”

He added: “Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the difficulties that university students with type 1 diabetes experience with their self-care routines.

“This awareness needs to encompass older students in the second, third and fourth years of their undergraduate degrees and postgraduate students as well as students in their first year at university,” he said.

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