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TESTON, Elen Ferraz; SALES, Catarina Aparecida  and  MARCON, Sonia Silva. Perspectives of individuals with diabetes on selfcare: contributions for assistance. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.2, e20170043.  Epub Apr 27, 2017. ISSN 1414-8145.


To know the perspectives of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus on self-care actions.


Qualitative study, carried out in a municipality in the north of Paraná. The data were collected in the months of June and July of 2014, through home interviews and, after that, submitted to content analysis.


Some individuals recognize that adopting self-care actions is their responsibility, although these actions are not always put into practice. Others attribute the non-performance of these actions to external factors related to the organization of the health service, the family environment and the work environment.

Conclusion and implications for practice:

The perspective of self-care actions is a challenge to care, since the individual needs to recognize the fundamental role that he plays in the development of these actions so that the nurse can support him in the process of change.

Keywords : Nursing; Self-care; Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

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