Risk of type 2 diabetes: Health care provider perceptions of prevention adherence

Jenifer J. Thomas, John C. Moring, Terra Harvey, Talisha Hobbs, Adara Lindt

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The aim of the current study was to describe health care providers' perceptions as to why individuals may or may not follow recommendations for reducing risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A grounded theory research design guided data collection and analysis. Data were collected from 16 health care providers through semi-structured interviews. Results demonstrated that health care providers perceived prevention adherence as related to individual characteristics of the patient and activities of the provider. Specifically, providers described assessment of patient-based characteristics associated with behavior, context, and traits. In addition, providers discussed giving attention to the patient-provider relationship and helping the patient incorporate small lifestyle changes. Providers might utilize social cognitive theory to understand personal and socio-structural aspects of adherence. In addition, providers should focus assessment and relationship building efforts on factors that support self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Nursing Research
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Adherence
  • Provider perceptions
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Type 2 diabetes risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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