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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(1), 68;

Factors Affecting the Quality of Life and the Illness Acceptance of Pregnant Women with Diabetes

Independent Obstetric Skills Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, 4 Staszica St., 20-081 Lublin, Poland
Neonatology Ward, Independent Public Teaching Hospital No. 4 in Lublin, 8 Jaczewskiego St., 20-954 Lublin, Poland
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Academic Editor: Omorogieva Ojo
Received: 21 November 2015 / Revised: 9 December 2015 / Accepted: 11 December 2015 / Published: 22 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Health Care and Diabetes)
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The paper contains an analysis of the factors affecting the quality of life (QoL) and the illness acceptance of diabetic pregnant women. The study was performed between January and April, 2013. It included 114 pregnant women with diabetes, hospitalized in the High Risk Pregnancy Wards of several hospitals in Lublin, Poland. The study used a diagnostic survey with questionnaires. The research instruments used were: The WHOQOL-Bref questionnaire and the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS). The women’s general quality of life was slightly higher than their perceived general health. A higher quality of life was reported by women with a very good financial standing, very good perceived health, moderate self-reported knowledge of diabetes, and also by those only treated with diet and stating that the illness did not interfere with their lives (p < 0.05). Women with a very good financial standing (p < 0.009), high self-reported health (p < 0.002), and those treated with by means of a diet (p < 0.04) had a higher acceptance of illness. A higher acceptance of illness contributes to a higher general quality of life and a better perception of one’s health. View Full-Text
Keywords: pregnancy; diabetes; quality of life; illness acceptance pregnancy; diabetes; quality of life; illness acceptance
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Bień, A.; Rzońca, E.; Kańczugowska, A.; Iwanowicz-Palus, G. Factors Affecting the Quality of Life and the Illness Acceptance of Pregnant Women with Diabetes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 68.

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