Academic Healthcare Professionals' Perceptions of Available Services for Students With Type 1 Diabetes at Higher Education Institutions
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the perceptions of academic healthcare professionals on available services for students with Type I diabetes at higher education institutions. A qualitative research design using a phenomenological approach and semi-structured interview questions was conducted with 17 academic healthcare professionals employed in student support service departments at higher education institutions. The interviews were conducted on Zoom was audio-recorded and transcribed for analysis by the researcher. The 17 participants served at four 4-year universities in Health & Wellness, Nursing, and Student Support Services. Of the (n=17), (n = 15) were female. Qualitative analysis revealed three recurring themes: (a) seamless developments and reformations, (b) creating a culture of support, inclusion, and engagement, and (c) collaborative interdepartmental communication. Type 1 diabetes is complex to manage in the college environment. Improved communication processes are a priority in supporting college diabetic students to engage campus resources for self-management and self-advocacy. Creating online systems for diabetic student identification and education may create a more seamless approach during the first year of transition from high school to college. Developing a global online tracking system increases awareness of the number of Type 1 diabetics on campus.
Highsmith, Carol, "Academic Healthcare Professionals' Perceptions of Available Services for Students With Type 1 Diabetes at Higher Education Institutions" (2021). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI28943451.