Susan L Sullivan-Bolyai

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OBJECTIVE Given the urgent need to develop effective programs that improve the ability for adolescents to achieve metabolic control equivalent to programs studied in the Diabetes. Control and Complications Trial, we have undertaken a clinical trial to determine if a behavioral intervention (coping skills training [CST]) combined with intensive diabetes(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) have to be active participants in their treatment because they are inevitably responsible for their own day-to-day-care. Availability of mobile Internet access is advancing rapidly and mobile phones are now widely available at low cost. Thus, mobile phones have the potential to assist in daily diabetes(More)
OBJECTIVE Quality of life is an important criterion for assessing outcomes of treatment in chronic illness related to psychosocial well-being. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factors that influence quality of life in adolescents with IDDM. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Self-reports were obtained from 52 adolescents (age 13-20 years, mean 16.1(More)
BACKGROUND Children with type 1 diabetes and their parents face rigorous procedures for blood glucose monitoring and regulation. Mobile telecommunication systems show potential as an aid for families' self-management of diabetes. OBJECTIVE A prototype designed to automatically transfer readings from a child's blood glucose monitor to their parent's mobile(More)
Eliminating health disparities by the year 2010 has become a clear priority for nursing and health sciences research. To date, much of the research has relied on traditional analytic methods to identify the disparities and develop clinical interventions. However, health disparities are typically embedded in complex, cultural and contextual issues.(More)
PURPOSE This study examined the feasibility of a postdiagnosis parent mentoring intervention for mothers of young children (1-10 years old) newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. METHODS A mixed-method, prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial design was used. Parent mentors (experienced mothers who have successfully raised young children with(More)
PURPOSE To describe the experiences of parents managing the type 1 diabetes of their young children using an insulin pump. DESIGN Qualitative description, based on principles of naturalistic inquiry. METHODS Open-ended, in-depth interviews were conducted with 21 mothers and fathers of 16 children less than 12 years old in the eastern part of the United(More)
Little is known about the experiences of mothers raising young children with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of this study was to describe the day-to-day experiences of mothers (N = 28) raising young children under 4 years of age with type 1 diabetes. Descriptive, naturalistic inquiry principles were used to interview subjects, as well as to manage and analyze(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this mixed-methods descriptive study with parents of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was to explore their experiences with peer social support following the Social Support to Empower Parents (STEP) intervention and the usefulness of the Family Management Measure (FaMM) in this population. METHODS Parents who were in(More)
PURPOSE To describe the process that mothers raising young (0-4 years old) children who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes move through to attain the necessary skills to care for their children. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A mixed methods design was used, including qualitative interviews with 28 mothers of young children with type 1 diabetes.(More)