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Quality of life for carers of people with type 2 diabetes: A literature review

Galarraga, M. & Llahana, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-3606-5370 (2018). Quality of life for carers of people with type 2 diabetes: A literature review. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 22(1), article number 6.


This scoping literature review explores the impact of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in adults on carers' quality of life (QoL) and emphasises the importance of improving carer support in order to achieve integrated care. The review was conducted in February 2015 and included articles published in English in the past 10 years exploring carers' QoL. Five articles satisfied the inclusion criteria and were critically/thematically analysed. Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing is the QoL domain that is most affected by T2D, with depression and anxiety being reported as the most common issues. Additional domains were social functioning and economic burden. Sociodemographic and cultural differences were identified as variables that can influence carers' QoL. This literature review suggests that T2D in adults has a significant impact on carers' QoL; however, there is limited evidence to demonstrate how healthcare professionals can support carers, so further research is needed in this area to improve the provision of integrated care.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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