Vol 12, No 2 (2011): Practical Diabetology
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Sense of coherence and the feeling of possessed knowledge about disease at persons with recognition of diabetes type 2

Krystyna Kurowska, Katarzyna Nowakowska
Diabetologia Praktyczna 2011;12(2):71-77.


INTRODUCTION. The chronicity of disease, the lack of self-control favours the formation of complications. The educated patient provides for optimum state of health. The coherence feeling is a factor influencing on accepting the disease, commitment in treatment and self-control. Aim: The qualification of coherence feeling level and its influence on state of possessed knowledge about illness.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. 80 patients with recognition of diabetes type 2 were given an examination, getting treatment in the Diabetics Centre of Province Joint Hospital as well as in the Diabetics Information bureau of the Specialist Hospital „Matopat” in Toruń. The following investigative tools were used: the own construction inquiry, which permitted verifying the patients’ knowledge about the diabetes type 2 before and after education as well as the Questionnaire of Life Orientation SOC-29 to describe the level of coherence feeling.
RESULTS. Examined people got an average result in general SOC. Essential differences were not showed among examined people in the range of global SOC and its components. Patients’ education caused raising of knowledge level of diabetes type 2. Investigations confirmed that persons with higher global SOC and with higher feeling of comprehensibleness assimilated the knowledge about illness more easily.
CONCLUSIONS. The qualification of coherence feeling level and its correlations with the state of possessed knowledge about, can serve as a factor influencing on effective fight with disease, the improvement of life quality and the preservation the optimum state of health at persons with recognition of diabetes type 2.
(Diabet. Prakt. 2011; 12, 2: 71–77)

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