Barriers to Diabetes Self-Management Among Rural Individuals in the Workplace

Workplace Health Saf. 2016 Jun;64(6):243-8. doi: 10.1177/2165079916628877. Epub 2016 Mar 25.


Higher rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are found in rural populations and barriers lessen the ability of these individuals to effectively manage diabetes. By lessening potential barriers to self-care management, health professionals, especially occupational health nurses, can assist individuals confidently manage T2DM. In this article, the authors provide an overview of diabetes self-management barriers for rural populations and implications for health professionals who assist individuals with T2DM in the workplace.

Keywords: barriers to diabetes self-management; diabetes mellitus.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diet therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Motivational Interviewing / methods
  • Occupational Health
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Rural Population*
  • Self Care / methods*