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Self‐Management Recommendations for Sickle Cell Disease: A Content Analysis of Websites

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source: Wiley Online Library

year: 2020

authors: Druye A. Andrews, Nelson Katherine, Robinson Brian


This paper reports on the findings of a study designed to establish website‐based self‐management recommendations for sickle cell disease. Google and Yahoo search engines were used to search the World‐Wide‐Web. Purposive sampling was utilized to select 28 websites that met the inclusion criteria. Data were manually collected from health education materials and subjected to qualitative content analysis.

Self‐management was conceptualized as actions involving preventive health, self‐monitoring, self‐diagnosing, and self‐treatment. The results show that the websites recommend more self‐management actions for preventive health and self‐treatment than for self‐monitoring and self‐diagnosis. Frequent oral fluid intake, limitation of overactivity, eating a healthy diet, avoiding extreme temperatures, and infections were the commonest preventive health recommendations.

organization: University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12741

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