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Diabetes specialist nurses’ role and interaction with patients in primary health care”.

Research project It is of importance to increase knowledge among the professionals and providing opportunities for reflections about their professional role, and interaction, and also a necessity to increase awareness about how these could influence the encounters between professionals and patients.

The project is studying Diabetes specialized nurses (DSNs´) role development during a patient education intervention, including patient centered care aiming at patient empowerment.It is of importance to increase knowledge among the professionals and providing opportunities for reflections about their professional role, and their interaction with patients, and also a necessity to increase awareness about how these could influence the encounters between professionals and patients.A patient education intervention is taking part in North Sweden in the counties of Västerbotten and Västernorrland (external control group)among patients with diabetes. A special focus on the DSNs roles and development is paid attention in this PhD-project. The DNS are followed over time i.e. before, during and after the patient education intervention with data collection including questionnaires, interviews and observations. Expectations of this study is to increase knowledge about implementation of empowerment based interventions with focus on professional roles and development, interaction to improve diabetes care for future.

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Project overview

Project period:

2009-09-21 2013-09-21

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Nursing

Research subject

Public health and health care science

Project description

The project is studying Diabetes specialized nurses (DSNs´) role development during a patient education intervention, including patient centered care aiming empowerment. It is of importance to increase the knowledge and give opportunities for reflections about professional roles, and their interaction with patients and also to increase awareness about how these aspects could influence the encounters between professionals and patients.
A patient education intervention is taking part in North Sweden in the county of Västerbotten among patients with diabetes. A special focus on the DSNs roles and development is paid attention in this PhD-project. The DNS are followed over time i.e. before, during and after the patient education intervention with data collection including questionnaires, interviews and observations. Questionnaires are also distributed to all diabetes nurses working in primary health care in the region to view their role in health care, work satisfaction and expectations for future in order to meet needs in the profession.
The aim of the study is to describe the role development among DSNs during a patient education intervention and further to study patient from a nursing and health pedagogical perspective.
Expectations of this study is to increase knowledge about implementation of empowerment based interventions with focus on professional roles and development, interaction with patients to improve diabetes care for future.