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Knowledge About Hypoglycemia In Young Women With Type I Diabetes And Their Supportive Others.

J. Drass, R. Feldman
Published 1996 · Medicine

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Hypoglycemia is a common stressful occurrence for people with type I diabetes, is disruptive to daily activities, and is a source of embarrassment, fear, and anxiety. Adequate knowledge about hypoglycemia is needed to recognize, treat, and prevent this condition. Families and friends also need adequate knowledge about hypoglycemia to provide helpful support. In this study, the Hypoglycemia Knowledge Questionnaire was used to measure knowledge about hypoglycemia in a convenience sample of 94 young women with type I diabetes and 94 supportive others. Knowledge about hypoglycemia was significantly higher for the young women with diabetes than for their supportive others, although knowledge deficits were evident for the young women on selected questionnaire items. Because normalization of blood glucose is associated with an increased risk of hypoglycemia, comprehensive evaluation of knowledge about hypoglycemia is critical to self-care. Additional studies are needed to validate the reliability and evaluate the usefulness of the Hypoglycemia Knowledge Questionnaire in clinical and research applications.
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