An Effective Nursing Communication Intervention

1490 Words Aug 26th, 2015 6 Pages
Type 1 diabetes (T1DM), which accounts for 10%- 15% of all diabetes, is increasing in prevalence globally. According to Diabetes Australia (2015), diabetes becomes the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia among all other chronic illness such as heart disease or cancer. Although T1DM cannot be prevented or cured at the present as the exact cause of the disease is not yet fully understood, it can be managed with insulin injections or insulin pump (Diabetes Australia, 2015). However, a person with Down Syndrome (DS) and moderate intellectual disability (ID) will face more health challenges managing his chronic illness than those without ID or genetic condition. ICF model will be used to analyse this person’s activities limitation and participation restrictions in the essay. Finally, an effective nursing communication intervention will be applied by the community nurse to educate this 45 year old male to reduce risks of developing complications associated with T1DM.

T1DM is a chronic condition that during which the immune system is activated to deconstruct the insulin the beta- cells in the Langerhans in pancreas produced.It cannot be prevented by modifiable lifestyle factors nor can it be cured because the exact cause of this auto- immune process is not known (Diabetes Australia, 2015). Early symptoms of T1DM includes hyperglycemia, polydypsia, polyuria, fatigue, dizziness, recurrent skin infections,headaches. Some late symptoms may be severe dehydration, frequent…
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