Encouraging foot care in people with and without diabetes through narrative communication
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SourceJournal of Health Psychology, (2021)
18 mei 2021
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ BSI KLP
Journal of Health Psychology
SubjectExperimental Psychopathology and Treatment
In order to minimize risk of infection and potential foot complications, it is recommended that people with and without diabetes check their feet regularly for problems such as cuts, sores, blisters or calluses. Hence, an understanding of how to craft effective messages to encourage people to check their feet is important. Two studies investigated the use of narrative stories to encourage foot problem detection behaviour; Study 1 in a general population sample (N = 193), and Study 2 in a sample of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes (N = 129). In both studies participants were randomised to either (a) receive an information sheet written in first-person narrative; (b) the same in non-narrative format; or (c) no information sheet. Changes in weekly detection behaviour was the outcome of interest. In both studies, greater detection behaviour was observed in the narrative message condition vs. non-narrative condition and the non-narrative condition vs. no information condition. Our findings have implications for the design of health messages in delivering effective foot care education to people with and without diabetes, suggesting that narrative information sheets may be more effective than non-narrative information sheets.
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