Parental expectations in the care of their children and adolescents with diabetes

J Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Apr;27(2):119-26. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Dec 10.


There is little research about what parents of children with diabetes want and need from their health-care providers as they negotiate life with diabetes. Sixty-three parents of children with type 1 diabetes were interviewed. Interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim, and a content analysis of text data was conducted. Three themes emerged describing what they wanted in their relationships with diabetes providers: laying the foundation, providing clinical care, and engaging families as partners. Collectively, these data provide vivid insights into the parent's perspective regarding their needs from diabetes providers as well as their perceptions of interactions that were unhelpful or worse, hurtful or undermining.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / therapy*
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Parents*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Power, Psychological