A Pilot Study of The Effects of Home-Based Empowerment Program for Caregivers on Glycemic Control in Children with Poor Diabetic Control

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Sirisopa Chunyasing
Pornsri Sriussadaporn
Apawan Nookong
Ochara Preungvate
Supawadee Likitmaskul

Abstract

Purpose: to evaluate the effects of a home-based empowerment (HBE) program for caregivers on glycemic control in children with poor diabetic control (PDC).

Design: quasi-experiment one group pretest-posttest design

Methods: The subjects in the study were 15 caregivers of children with PDC aged 8 to 15 years. The development of the HBE program was based on Gibson’s conceptual model. The program consisted of four steps including: 1) discovering reality - discovering the problems that caused diabetic children to not be able to control their blood sugar levels, 2) critical reflection - finding strategies to resolve the problems and to control blood sugar levels, 3) taking charge - deciding the appropriate care for diabetic children, and 4) holding on - maintaining the confidence in controlling blood sugar levels. The outcomes of the study were collected at the end of the program (a three-month period).

Main findings: The results showed that after attending the HBE program, caregivers demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in their care behavior. (p < .05)  However, there was no statistical significance in levels of HbA1c. (p > .05) Seventy-three percent of caregivers were very satisfied with the HBE program.

Conclusion and recommendations: This study suggests that HBE programs should be implemented with caregivers of children with PDC. The program may also be appropriate for newly diagnosed children with diabetes. For further study, a HBE program, which is longer in duration should be implemented with a periodic evaluation of program outcomes.

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Chunyasing, S., Sriussadaporn, P., Nookong, A., Preungvate, O., & Likitmaskul, S. (2015). A Pilot Study of The Effects of Home-Based Empowerment Program for Caregivers on Glycemic Control in Children with Poor Diabetic Control. Nursing Science Journal of Thailand, 29(2), 65-73. Retrieved from https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/ns/article/view/30513
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Author Biographies

Sirisopa Chunyasing, Mahidol University

Pediatric Nursing Division, Nursing Department, Siriraj Hospital

Pornsri Sriussadaporn, Mahidol University

Faculty of Nursing

Apawan Nookong, Mahidol University

Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing

Ochara Preungvate, Mahidol University

Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing

Supawadee Likitmaskul, Mahidol University

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital