Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Susan Bullerdick

Second Advisor

Edward Skarmulis


Studies have shown that a valuable source of information for people who have diabetes and who live in an urban area can be a multi-disciplinary diabetes clinic. This study examined the perceived benefit of such a clinic for the parents/caregivers of children diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. Using a questionnaire, 112 parents/caregivers of children with diabetes were surveyed; 51 returned the surveys within the time alloffed, and these were used in the analysis. These children and the parents/caregivers were served by a multi-disciplinary diabetes clinic located in the rural Minnesota town of Willmar. Their rcsponses were recorded and analyzed, and showed that these parents/caregivers did find the clinic beneficial in helping them deal with their child's diabetes. Based on these positive results, further studies to determine the value of such a clinic for adults with diabetes who live in a rural area are warranted.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Holland.DE

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