Guided Reflection On Self Care Behavior

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Implications Theoretically, there is dearth of literature addressing the impact of guided reflection on self-care behavior. To date, only one study within the heart failure population has combined the theory of self-care of chronic illness and Gibbs’ reflective cycle framework to evaluate the impact of guided reflection on self-care behaviors (Sethares & Asselin, 2017). Importantly, this study is the first to combine the two frameworks within the DM population. Based on statistical analyses and qualitative data from this study, there are opportunities for further exploration of the combined frameworks in future studies to illuminate the constructs of the self-care theory and possibly theory/ instruments modification and development. In this study, guided reflection was found to improve DM knowledge which serves as a starting point for behavior change. Furthermore, guided reflection has been shown to positively impact self-care behaviors (Mamykina et al., 2008; Sethares & Asselin, 2017). Importantly, the targeted population was satisfied with the guided reflection intervention and requested that it be promoted among others with DM. Participants’ perspective is important when planning and developing nursing interventions. Considering the evidence, the opportunity exists to educate patients and/ caregivers to engage in guided reflection using Gibbs’ reflective questions to promote adequate self-care. This is an auspicious moment to teach healthcare professionals within the
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