Master of Science (MS)
Sharon C. Wahl
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of Mexican American older adults with type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes. Research design and results: A phenomenological research approach was used when interviewing a sample of ten English speaking Mexican American older adults in Santa Clara County, California. Three collective themes were identified: Emotions prevalent in living with diabetes, diabetes' impact on life, and cultural factors affecting diabetes self care. Discussion/conclusions/implications: A duality of thoughts and experiences in living with diabetes, and the strong influence of culture and its beliefs characterize the life-world of Mexican American non-insulin dependent diabetics. Health care practitioners can generate plans of care that address these findings to effectively provide culturally congruent care in daily practice.
Abella, Lizza C., "The Lived Experience of Older Mexcian American Adults with Type 2, Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus" (2000). Master's Projects. 832.