Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
FARIA, Ana Paula Silva de and BELLATO, Roseney. The everyday life of people living with the chronic condition of diabetes mellitus. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.4, pp. 752-759. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342009000400003.
The objective of this study was to understand the experience of a person with diabetes mellitus and how that person deals with adversity in everyday life. Data collection was performed by means of a Focal Life History questionnaire and by observing health care professionals. Data analysis was based on the comprehensive approach, which permitted understanding the everyday life as a scenario for those living with the experience of falling ill and searching for care, considering that this experience is unique and personal. It is impossible to create health care practices that disregard the everyday life and health situation of the person. Furthermore, it is impossible to propose such practice without the active participation of the person affected by those decisions and conducts.
Keywords : Diabetes mellitus; Chronic disease; Delivery of health care.