Using the theory of self-regulation to assess the correlation between self-monitoring adherence, lifestyle behaviors, and health outcomes among type two diabetic patients

Ila Davidson Casselberry, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Abstract

This thesis explores the relationship that self-monitoring may have on behaviors and health outcomes among type two diabetic patients. The Theory of Self-Regulation was the theoretical foundation for this thesis. The first aim was to measure association between rates of self-monitoring of diet, physical activity, blood glucose, and weight in study participants. The second was to examine the associations between adherence to self-monitoring and changes in dietary and physical activity behaviors among participants during the three-month study period. The final aim was to examine association between adherence to self-monitoring and changes in health outcomes of hemoglobin A1c and weight change among participants during the three-month study period. The parent study recruited participants from the Texas Medical Center at various diabetes education programs, and the participants were comprised solely of Type 2 diabetic patients. Because the parent study was a feasibility study, there is no placebo group for comparison. Correlation analysis was used to measure the association between variables and found that there was a relationship between the self-monitoring behaviors of diet, physical activity, weight, and blood glucose. Self-monitoring of physical activity also has a statistically significant relationship with increased physical activity levels. The other correlations did not have statistically significant findings. Further research with a larger sample size and an experimental design is needed in order to better study the effects that self-monitoring might have on behavior and health outcomes.^

Subject Area

Behavioral sciences|Health education

Recommended Citation

Casselberry, Ila Davidson, "Using the theory of self-regulation to assess the correlation between self-monitoring adherence, lifestyle behaviors, and health outcomes among type two diabetic patients" (2016). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI10183274.
http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI10183274

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