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From Doing to Being

Incorporating Faith into Diabetes Self-Care Education

Ammerman, Cathy Eden; Harden, Kelly; Mitchell, C. Ben

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000206
Feature: parish nursing/practice: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Millions worldwide live with diabetes and are challenged to make lifestyle changes. Nurses help patients learn strategies necessary for successful diabetes management. However, patients frequently view long-term behavior change as unachievable. This article offers educational strategies based on liturgical anthropology that can be incorporated into any diabetic self-care education program, but particularly in faith communities. Lifestyle habits are tightly interwoven with cultural, social, and spiritual beliefs. Liturgical anthropology explores how cultural and spiritual customs mold us and influence our behavior choices. (Supplemental Digital Content: Video Abstract

Many with diabetes see making long-term lifestyle changes as overwhelming. Discover tools that can empower a lifetime commitment to health.

Cathy Eden Ammerman, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner, who recently completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing course.

Kelly Harden, DNSc, FNC-BC, is Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Chair of the DNP Program at Union University. She leads a group to the Dominican Republic annually to provide care in remote villages.

C. Ben Mitchell, PhD, holds the Graves Chair of Moral Philosophy at Union University, where he also teaches in the school of nursing. His doctoral training at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville included clinical rotations in medical ethics.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 5/6/2015.

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