FINAL PROJECT: Abstract and Reader's Reponse > A Patient Guide To Insulin Injections

ABSTRACT: The number of children and youth diagnosed with type-1 and type-2 diabetes increases each year. Diabetes is a disease characterized by the body’s inability to produce or respond to insulin, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and increased levels of blood glucose. Insulin therapy is used to maintain a normal range of blood glucose levels. The most common form of insulin therapy is the use of syringes and insulin pens. Although more research about insulin injections have been conducted, many health care professionals have not updated their insulin procedures. The lack of standardization for instructing about insulin injections has led to variation in how patients are instructed. This variation in injection technique results in decreased glycemic control. For youth beginning insulin therapy, an optimal injection technique needs to be taught. This patient guide provides knowledge support to the under acknowledged audience of eight to fifteen year old youth with diabetes that may not have the proper knowledge to self-administer insulin injections. This patient guide provides background information regarding insulin and insulin therapies. The guide then provides the patient with procedures for optimizing the injection procedures using syringes and insulin pens. The guide also addresses emotional problems and myths that may be associated with insulin injections.

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READER'S PROFILE: I imagine a reader that is a diabetic youth and is learning the process of self-injecting insulin and the possible problems, physical and emotional, that may accompany the process.

READER'S RESPONSE: It seems that the author is trying to aim this patient guide towards youth with diabetes. This could also apply to the general population with diabetes since there is a lack of standardization in teaching insulin injection techniques. I wonder what factors of the injection technique lead to the variability and how they lead to the variability. It’s interesting to consider the emotional aspects of insulin injections.

REVISED THESIS OR PROBLEM STATEMENT: This is a patient guide that provides knowledge support to the under acknowledged audience of eight to fifteen year old youth with diabetes that may not have the proper knowledge to self-administer insulin injections.

VOICE: The voice will depend on the section. For instance, the descriptive sections about the different types of insulin and medical devices will be in third person. However, sections about the process of injecting the insulin will consist of second and third person.

CITATION: Since this is a patient guide, the citation style will be more informal throughout the document. The citations mostly consist of signal phrases.
May 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKM
K -- good plan. Be sure to include the figures on both numbers now of diabetic youth, as well as the forecast in the future due to a known rate increase in this disease.

What have you found on the web that you can recommend? Videos? Infographic instructions?
May 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea