"You can't cure it so you have to endure it": the experience of adaptation to diabetic renal disease

Qual Health Res. 2002 Mar;12(3):329-46. doi: 10.1177/104973202129119928.


In this study, the experience of adaptation to diabetic renal disease was examined from a phenomenological perspective. Twenty patients attending a diabetic renal clinic were interviewed in depth. Through the use of a template analysis approach, a set of strong themes relating to changes in lifestyle was identified: changes in the nature of involvement with the medical system, coping strategies, and hopes, fears, and expectations. Almost all participants attempted to construct a "good adaptation" in the face of the uncertainties surrounding their condition by adopting a stoic and fatalistic stance. This is discussed in the context of the claim that contemporary society holds emotional self-expression rather than stoical endurance to be the appropriate response to suffering.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Philosophy
  • Self Disclosure
  • United Kingdom