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Social support and self-management capabilities in diabetes patients: An international observational study
Autores: Koetsenruijter, J.; van Eikelenboom, N.; van Lieshout, J.; Vassilev, I.; Lionis, C.; Todorova, E.; Portillo Vega, María Carmen; Foss, C.; Serrano Gil, M.; Roukova, P.; Angelaki, A.; Mujika Zabaleta, Agurtzane; Knutsen, I. R.; Rogers, A.; Wensing, M.
ISSN: 0738-3991
Volumen: 99
Número: 4
Páginas: 638 - 643
Fecha de publicación: 2016
Objective: The objective of this study was to explore which aspects of social networks are related to self-management capabilities and if these networks have the potential to reduce the adverse health effects of deprivation. Methods: In a cross-sectional study we recruited type 2 diabetes patients in six European countries. Data on self-management capabilities was gathered through written questionnaires and data on social networks characteristics and social support through subsequent personal/telephone interviews. We used regression modelling to assess the effect of social support and education on self-management capabilities. Results: In total 1692 respondents completed the questionnaire and the interview. Extensive informational networks, emotional networks, and attendance of community organisations were linked to better self-management capabilities. The association of self-management capabilities with informational support was especially strong in the low education group, whereas the association with emotional support was stronger in the high education group.