In the United States, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has been categorized as a major health-threatening problem affecting a wide cross section of people. About one third of the population is unaware that they have the disease; however, early recognition of symptoms would lead to prevention, diagnosis for a better prognosis, and, in some cases, the reversal of the disease. Researchers have shown that late diagnosis leads to high mortality, morbidity, disability, loss of productivity, and high costs of health care to individuals, families, and the government. The main purpose of this study was to establish a new model mechanism for the detection and prevention of T2DM using the lived experiences of the primary care physicians. This qualitative study investigated the lived experiences of seven primary care physicians from the Northern California Bay area community. The primary data collection method was by interview through e-mail correspondences and the data were organized, coded, and analyzed on the responses to the interview questions and research questions. The research study resulted in four major themes: (a) lifestyle choices to reduce T2DM, (b) desire to improve the lives of patients, (c) government involvement, and (d) shared perception of T2DM. Recommendations were developed based on the compiled data from this study and future studies could involve health-care accessibility and treatment interventions of T2DM for patients with low socioeconomic status and use of the new model mechanism to improve early detection and prevention of T2DM.
|Advisor:||O'Donnell, Tom, Rensel, Joy|
|Commitee:||Kimmel, Sharon, Mclaughlin, Thomas, Scheg, Abigail, Walters, Kelley|
|Department:||Business and Technology Management|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nutrition, Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Diabetes detection, Diabetes prevention, Diagostic test, Primary care physicians, Screening test, Type 2 diabetes mellitus|
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