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Authors

  1. Sullivan-Bolyai, Susan DNSc, CNS, RN, FAAN
  2. Johnson, Kimberly BSN, CDE, RN
  3. Cullen, Karen BSN, CDE, RN
  4. Hamm, Terry BSN, CDE, RN
  5. Bisordi, Jean BSN, CDE, RN
  6. Blaney, Kathleen MPH, RN
  7. Maguire, Laura MS, RN
  8. Melkus, Gail EdD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Parents become emotionally upset when learning that their child has type 1 diabetes, yet they are expected to quickly learn functional diabetes management. The purpose of this article is to describe the application of self-regulation theory to guide a family-focused education intervention using human patient simulation to enhance the initial education of parents in diabetes management. A brief description is provided of the intervention framed by self-regulation theory. On the basis of the literature, we describe the educational vignettes used based on self-regulation in the randomized controlled trial entitled "Parent Education Through Simulation-Diabetes." Examples of theory-in-practice will be illustrated by parental learning responses to this alternative educational innovation.