Knowledge and Practice Against the Backdrop of Impermanence: Diabetic Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243467
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Knowledge and Practice Against the Backdrop of Impermanence: Diabetic Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka
Author(s):
Wijesinghe, Sunny
Author Details:
Wijesinghe, Sunny, MS, MPH, RN, Swijesinghe@salud.unm.edu;
Abstract:
Purpose:

The increased rate of type 2 diabetes in Sri Lanka has prompted interventions to prevent/manage diabetes through dietary modifications and exercise. However, self-management of diabetes in a specific population such as Buddhist nuns, who depend on food donations and limit physical activity to suit a monastic code of conduct, has not been studied.

Methods:

This problem- focused descriptive ethnography studied ten diabetic Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka through in-depth interviews and participant observation. Data analysis followed a process of immersion/ crystallization (Miller & Crabtree, 1994) in which the researcher  is immersed in the data and relies on intuition or reflexivity of working the iterative steps of the research study

Results:

Nuns referred to four types of knowledge with regard to diabetes:  Pre-diagnosis knowledge, knowledge from hearsay, knowledge based on medical science, and knowledge through Buddhism. Their health behavior hinged upon a subtle equilibrium between negotiation and compromise with the community, but it always happened against the backdrop of impermanence in life.

Conclusion:

Reinforcing positive health behavior in the general community seemed to be the most effective way to improve self -management of diabetes in Buddhist nuns.

Keywords:
Diabetes management; Buddhist nuns; Diabetes knowledge
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleKnowledge and Practice Against the Backdrop of Impermanence: Diabetic Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lankaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWijesinghe, Sunnyen_GB
dc.author.detailsWijesinghe, Sunny, MS, MPH, RN, Swijesinghe@salud.unm.edu;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243467-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b> <p>The increased rate of type 2 diabetes in Sri Lanka has prompted interventions to prevent/manage diabetes through dietary modifications and exercise. However, self-management of diabetes in a specific population such as Buddhist nuns, who depend on food donations and limit physical activity to suit a monastic code of conduct, has not been studied. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>This problem- focused descriptive ethnography studied ten diabetic Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka through in-depth interviews and participant observation. Data analysis followed a process of immersion/ crystallization (Miller &amp; Crabtree, 1994) in which the researcher&nbsp; is immersed in the data and relies on intuition or reflexivity of working the iterative steps of the research study <p><b>Results: </b> <p>Nuns referred to four types of knowledge with regard to diabetes: &nbsp;Pre-diagnosis knowledge, knowledge from hearsay, knowledge based on medical science, and knowledge through Buddhism. Their health behavior hinged upon a subtle equilibrium between negotiation and compromise with the community, but it always happened against the backdrop of impermanence in life. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>Reinforcing positive health behavior in the general community seemed to be the most effective way to improve self -management of diabetes in Buddhist nuns.en_GB
dc.subjectDiabetes managementen_GB
dc.subjectBuddhist nunsen_GB
dc.subjectDiabetes knowledgeen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:22:39Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:22:39Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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