Psycho-social problems faced by "frequent flyers" in a pediatric diabetes unit

Nilsson, David (2002) Psycho-social problems faced by "frequent flyers" in a pediatric diabetes unit. Social Work in Health Care, 33(3-4), pp. 53-69. ISSN (print) 0098-1389

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This article describes an exploratory study of psychosocial factors common to, and associated with, frequently readmitted pediatric patients diagnosed with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM). This practice-based study was undertaken by a social worker providing clinical services within a tertiary health-care pediatric diabetes unit at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne (RCH), Australia and utilises available data obtained through retrospective record review in order to better inform service delivery. The study identified thirteen psychosocial factors having multiple occurrences within a small, but resource intensive, sub-population of the diabetes unit. The author discusses the possible contribution of each of these factors to poor metabolic control and frequent readmission to hospital, as well as the potential implications for future targeted prevention and treatment programs.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Health services research
Social work and social policy and administration
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: David Nilsson
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 12:55
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