Interrelation between adult persons with diabetes and their family: a systematic review of the literature

J Fam Nurs. 2013 Feb;19(1):3-28. doi: 10.1177/1074840712471899. Epub 2013 Jan 3.


Diabetes mellitus is a common chronic disease all over the world. Self-management plays a crucial role in diabetes management. The purpose of this systematic review was to summarize what is known about the interactions between adult persons with diabetes, their family, and diabetes self-management. MEDLINE, CINAHL, PSYCHINFO, LINDA, and MEDIC databases were searched for the years 2000 to 2011 and for English language articles, and the reference lists of the studies included were reviewed to capture additional studies. The findings indicate that family members have influence on the self-management of adult persons with diabetes. The support from family members plays a crucial role in maintaining lifestyle changes and optimizing diabetes management. Diabetes and its treatment also affect the life of family members in several ways, causing, for example, different types of psychological distress. More attention should be paid to family factors in diabetes management among adult persons.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Self Care / psychology*