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Beliefs about health and illness and health-related behavior among urban women with gestational diabetes mellitus in the south east of China.
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.. (Chronic disease management)
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.. (Chronic disease management)
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.. (Migration och Hälsa)
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.. (MIgration och Hälsa)
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Transcultural Nursing, ISSN 1043-6596, E-ISSN 1552-7832Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE:

The incidence of gestational diabetes among Chinese women is 4.3%. No study has previously been conducted about beliefs and health-related behavior among urban Chinese women with this disease. This article aims to explore beliefs about health and illness and health-related behavior among women in this group in a Chinese sociocultural context.

DESIGN:

A qualitative exploratory study was conducted and semistructured individual interviews (n = 15) were processed by content analysis.

RESULTS:

Beliefs about health and illness among these women were foremost attributed to the individual, social, and natural worlds. They feared the negative influence of gestational diabetes, but some of them believed in "letting nature take its course" and "living in the present." Their care-seeking behavior varied between the professional, popular, and folk sectors. They sought a balance between following professionals' advice and avoiding practical difficulties.

CONCLUSION:

The beliefs and health-related behavior among them were influenced by Chinese culture, which can sometimes but not always reduce the effect of the disease.

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2015.
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Beliefs about health and illness, gestational diabetes, china
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123582DOI: 10.1177/1043659615594677PubMedID: 26187924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123582DiVA: diva2:889979
Available from: 2015-12-29 Created: 2015-12-29 Last updated: 2016-04-08

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