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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Social Psychiatry
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, e-psyche, PsycINFO, Scopus
Online ISSN 1827-1731
Bufacchi T., Scarciglia P., Casini S., Citarella A., Cincinnato I.
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most widespread chronic diseases. It can be treated but not cured, at least for the moment. This aspect of the disease has repercussions on the quality of life of the patient, specifically on physical, psychological and social aspects, and it triggers the need to include in the examination the psychological state of sufferers and to assess their personal perceptions of these aspects. From a survey of some recent studies, the authors have identified some of the factors that have most impact on the quality of life of the diabetic patient. These are: coping modalities, personality traits and the type of interpersonal relations that the person is able to set up, while the relation between quality of life and metabolic control or symptom alleviation is still not clear. The authors conclude by stressing the importance of subjective aspects in the evaluation of the quality of life of these patients and the extreme individuality of this concept which reflects the whole personality and the experience of each patients.