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Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes: The Experience of Jordanian Patients with Co-existing Depression

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In Jordan, Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is becoming a significant health problem, and a high concomitant rate of depression among this population complicates the situation. This qualitative study explored and described the emotional reactions of Jordanian patients with co-existing depression, on diagnosis of T2DM. Data were collected using semi-structured qualitative interviews from 15 patients with T2DM and depression in 2013. Interviews were audiotaped, translated and then analysed using thematic analysis. A major theme - 'Initial reactions to the diagnosis' - emerged with four accompanying sub-themes (Devastation, Mixed Emotions, Denial and Acceptance). Although the majority of participants expressed negative emotional reactions on first diagnosis, a strong religious conviction allowed for acceptance of the diagnosis. Overall, the study findings support that in Arabic countries, spirituality and faith played a key role in promoting acceptance of concomitant comorbidities, and will often be useful in enhancing positive coping strategies among patients with T2DM and depression.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Al-Amer, R., Ramjan, L., Glew, P., & Salamonson, Y. (2015). Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes: The Experience of Jordanian Patients with Co-existing Depression. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(3), 231-238. doi:10.3109/01612840.2014.960627

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84928397414

Start Page


  • 231

End Page


  • 238

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • In Jordan, Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is becoming a significant health problem, and a high concomitant rate of depression among this population complicates the situation. This qualitative study explored and described the emotional reactions of Jordanian patients with co-existing depression, on diagnosis of T2DM. Data were collected using semi-structured qualitative interviews from 15 patients with T2DM and depression in 2013. Interviews were audiotaped, translated and then analysed using thematic analysis. A major theme - 'Initial reactions to the diagnosis' - emerged with four accompanying sub-themes (Devastation, Mixed Emotions, Denial and Acceptance). Although the majority of participants expressed negative emotional reactions on first diagnosis, a strong religious conviction allowed for acceptance of the diagnosis. Overall, the study findings support that in Arabic countries, spirituality and faith played a key role in promoting acceptance of concomitant comorbidities, and will often be useful in enhancing positive coping strategies among patients with T2DM and depression.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Al-Amer, R., Ramjan, L., Glew, P., & Salamonson, Y. (2015). Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes: The Experience of Jordanian Patients with Co-existing Depression. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(3), 231-238. doi:10.3109/01612840.2014.960627

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84928397414

Start Page


  • 231

End Page


  • 238

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication