Vivenciando la diabetes: un estudio etnografico.

Translated title of the contribution: Living with diabetes: an ethnographic study

L. A. Gonzalez

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The purpose of this study was to learn the experience of diabetic clients who live health-disease phenomena in an outpatient service of endocrinology in a school hospital. The objective of the research was to obtain a comprehensive view of their way of thinking their practices and their feelings lived during treatment. I adopted SPRADLEY's ethnographic methodology which includes: participant observation and ethnographic interview which are carried out simultaneously. Symbolic interactionism was also a strategy to clarify the themes, the validation of domains pointed out to the central theme: "The disease came to stay". The diseases metaphor emerged from this cultural universe as dangerous, impossible that destroys and stays. The disease is lived as a illness that provokes different feelings like sadness, panic, pain and death. The emic knowledge obtained from this ethnographic research gave to nursing practice important episthemologic and onthologic bases.

Translated title of the contributionLiving with diabetes: an ethnographic study
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)91-103
Number of pages13
JournalRevista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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