Assessment of Insulin Administration Methods: Perceptions by Patients and Significant Others Instrument Development

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Abstract

Background and Purpose:

To develop, test, and establish the validity and reliability of 4 instruments to evaluate perceptions of paired patients and patient-identified significant others to assess the impact of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) and multiple daily insulin injections (MDII) on diabetes management and lifestyle.

Methods:

Sociotechnical systems theory and the life patterns model framed the study. Four parallel survey instruments (patient CSII and MDII and significant other CSII and MDII) were developed to elicit demographic information and perceptions concerning CSII and MDII.

Results:

Validity and reliability were established.

Conclusions:

The instruments developed for this study could be adapted or used as templates in management approach impact studies of other chronic diseases. The study should be replicated with a different geographic sample.

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