College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Satisfaction with the Health Care Provider and Regimen Adherence in Minority Youth with Type 1 Diabetes.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Keywords

Diabetes Adolescents Youth Patient-physician relationship Satisfaction Adherence

Publication Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

ISSN

1068-9583,

Volume

23

Issue/No.

257

Abstract

To assess whether satisfaction with the health-care provider is related to regimen adherence among primarily minority youth with type 1 diabetes. Youth with type 1 diabetes (n = 169; M age = 13.88; 52 % female; 70 % Hispanic) and their parents completed questionnaires that assessed their own satisfaction with the health-care provider and youths’ adherence to diabetes self-care behaviors. Higher youth and parent patient-provider relationship satisfaction was associated with higher regimen adherence. Gender affected the relationship between satisfaction and regimen adherence, such that for girls, greater satisfaction was associated with better adherence; this was not the case for boys. Patient satisfaction with the health care provider is important for regimen adherence among primarily minority youth with type 1 diabetes, particularly for girls. Future research might focus on improving youths’ relationships with their health care providers as a potential pathway to improve regimen adherence.

DOI

10.1007/s10880-016-9460-0

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