Title

Diabetic Caregiver Finance Education and Resulting Stress: A Quantitative Correlational Study

Date of Award

7-12-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

Committee Chair

Gail Frankle

Committee Member

Karen Lankisch

Committee Member

Leslie Mathew

Abstract

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder requiring daily monitoring and care. A high percentage of Type 1 diabetics are diagnosed as children, resulting in the need for parents or other caregivers to provide the care needed. This study examined the education provided to those caregivers at the time of diagnosis or immediately following diagnosis that was related to the financing of care for the diabetic. It also examined the levels of financing-related stress reported by the caregivers. A survey of N=172 caregivers in the United States within the first two years post-diagnosis was taken. Hypothesis testing confirmed that the caregivers report financing of care as a significant contributor of stress. A correlation analysis on the education received at diagnosis and the reported stress levels was unable to reject the null hypothesis; therefore, it could not be concluded that financing education at diagnosis was related to financing stress in caregivers. One cause of this failure to show a correlation may be due to the high number of caregivers reporting that they received no financing education at diagnosis.

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