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This phenomenological qualitative research aimed to describe self-management behaviors of persons with diabetes type 2 living in urban area. Participants were 30 persons with type 2 diabetes living in Phitsanulok Municipality. Data were collected by in-depth interview. The results of the study showed that participants perceived 2 major themes of self-management behaviors: 1) managing mind to not being stressed with diabetes, which included 2 subthemes: setting goal for long living and trusting health personnel and 2) changing self-management behaviors by following advices of health personnel, which included 5 subthemes: eating, exercising, taking medication to reduce blood sugar levels, foot careม and stress management. Therefore, based on this research, most persons with type 2 diabetes living in urban area had good self-management behaviors while some of them had not good self-management behaviors; the researchers suggested that health care providers may ask these persons to be role models in sharing about their management behaviors with other persons with type 2 diabetes so that all patients can manage themselves effectively.
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