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Caring For Children With Type 1 Diabetes During the School Day: Challenges and Recommendations

Cook, Amy J (2007) Caring For Children With Type 1 Diabetes During the School Day: Challenges and Recommendations. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes and is the most common chronic disease of childhood, exceeded only by asthma. Because most children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in a school setting, having trained school personnel on-site to assist with their daily diabetes management regimen is a high priority. However, this presents a challenge in that there is a national shortage of school nurses in the United States. This deficiency is of great public health significance because the lack of assistance in the school setting makes it more challenging for children with type 1 diabetes to achieve optimal management for their disease. The purpose of this thesis is to describe the needs of a child with diabetes, review issues that relate to their safety in the school setting, and propose a set of recommendations for schools to consider in order to provide care. Examination of whether school nurses have the appropriate knowledge in order to appropriately care for a child with type 1 diabetes will also be addressed. Finally, in light of the national school nurse shortage, this study will explore whether other school personnel can be trained to provide support to these children during the school day.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cook, Amy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTrauth, Jeanettetrauth@pitt.eduTRAUTH
Committee MemberSiminerio, Lindasimineriol@upmc.eduLSI100
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberDocument, Patriciapdocumet@pitt.eduPDOCUMET
Date: 2 February 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 November 2006
Approval Date: 2 February 2007
Submission Date: 28 November 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; diabetes; education; type 1 diabetes
Other ID:, etd-11282006-162517
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:06
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:37


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