Goal Setting With Type 2 Diabetes A Hermeneutic Analysis of the Experiences of Diabetes Educators

The Diabetes Educator: September 30, 2013

Purpose The purpose of this study was to explicate and interpret common experiences of diabetes educators (DEs) with patient goal setting for patients with type 2 diabetes in diabetes education.

Methods Transcripts (n = 10) from semi-structured interviews were analyzed using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to more deeply explore the accounts of DEs’ goal setting with patients with type 2 diabetes.

Results The overarching pattern that emerged was “Striking a Balance,” which subsumed 4 subthemes: Applying Theoretical-Practical Principles When Setting Goals, Identifying Idealistic-Realistic Expectations, Creating Patient-Educator–Centered Plans, and Readying-Living With Goal Setting. The pattern, “Striking a Balance,” revealed a common meaning of DEs as experiences requiring balance and nuance in goal setting with patients. Read more