A review of diabetes mellitus-specific family assessment instruments.
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Western journal of nursing research, ISSN: 1552-8456, Vol: 35, Issue: 4, Page: 405-33
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- https://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/son_nurs_facpubs/33; https://ohsu.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/0417fdfb-9709-4b10-a4b5-c9a705af1f9f
- Nursing; categorical; diabetes mellitus; family assessment instrument; noncategorical; Nursing(all); Medicine and Health Sciences
Family dynamics and attributes are increasingly recognized as affecting management of diabetes mellitus (DM); however, little research has been done on the validity and usefulness of family assessment instruments (FAIs). This article reviewed the literature that employs DM-specific FAIs and evaluates whether the instruments comprehensively captured family attributes/processes and were robust enough to be useful in understanding the relationship between family attributes/issues and DM-related health care. Studies using eight instruments were identified through a search of literature published from 1982 to 2010 and were analyzed with criteria derived from the measurement and family literatures. The findings of this study revealed that DM-specific FAIs yield useful data about family-related phenomenon; however, some domains of DM-specific care, such as family dynamics/functioning, were not overtly measured. Suggestions for improving DM-specific FAIs are provided and a rationale for why DM-specific and non-DM-specific FAIs is needed to fully measure family issues related to family dynamics/attributes on DM patient care.