"Il diabete è per me …": la prospettiva degli operatori sanitari

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] "Diabetes is for me ...": the perspective of health workers

Serena Barello, Giulia Lamiani, Elena Vegni, Egidio A. Moja

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Target. Investigate the representations and meanings attributed to diabetes by health professionals through an ethnographic approach. Method. Healthcare professionals attending a national diabetes congress were asked to write a narrative on the topic "Diabetes is for me ...". The narratives were qualitatively analyzed by two researchers through content analysis and data managed through a software for qualitative research (Nvivo). Results. Of the 147 present at the congress, 140 narratives were analyzed: 86 of nurses, 54 of doctors. The content analysis has highlighted 6 themes: The disease, which collects the biomedical and biopsychosocial definitions of diabetes; The patient's experience, which describes how diabetes affects patients' existence; The experience of the operator, in which the operator reveals his fears that diabetes affects or has already affected himself and his family; The operator-patient relationship, in which emerges the centrality of patient education and the fatigue of a relationship in continuous contact with the chronic; The social and health system, including considerations on society as a cause of diabetes but on which diabetes weighs in economic and welfare terms. Conclusions. The results highlight a profound understanding of the patient's experience, especially by nurses, up to identification with the patient. A rich, complex and problematic relational and educational dimension emerges for both nurses and doctors. Interventions on the communicative-relational area and on the experience of the operators could have positive effects on work with patients.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] "Diabetes is for me ...": the perspective of health workers
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)138-146
Number of pages9
JournalAssistenza Infermieristica e Ricerca
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • analisi qualitativa
  • diabete
  • diabetes
  • narrative analysis

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