Abstract reviewed”. The definition of a peer-reviewed article

Abstract

This
paper identifies the ways to identify peer-reviewed articles to ensure the
reliability of an article.  Methods used
to ensure an article has been peer-reviewed include but are not limited to the
following: an abstract, filter searching, and directory identification.  In addition to identifying peer-reviewed
articles, this paper will discuss the importance of self-management associated
with diabetes. Self-management of any long-term conditions can be a daunting, costly,
and time-consuming task. With the right education and emotional support from
family, friends, and physician’s, self-management of these conditions may
become easier. 

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Verifying
Peer Reviewed Articles—Self-Management of Diabetes

Articles
are submitted and published to various databases each day. However, not all
published articles are, “peer reviewed”. The definition of a peer-reviewed
article is in the name itself—an article which has been reviewed by
peers/professionals who know detailed information about the submitted topic (Walden
University, 2015). Before finding a peer-review article to complete the
requirements of this assignment, I first needed to get a clear understanding of
how to identify these articles within a database. Using Walden Library
resources, I identified three ways to determine if a published article has been
peer-reviewed: 1. the presence of an abstract, 2. using advanced search
filters, and 3. utilizing Ulrich’s Periodical Directory.

Mostly
all articles in a journal database have an abstract. Abstracts are short
summaries located at the beginning of each article that give the reader an idea
of what’s discussed without reading the full text (Walden University, 2015).
Information included in the abstract will reference the methodologies used, the
population studied, and highlighted results (Walden University, 2015). Though
identification of an abstract is not a sure way to determine if an article has
been peer-reviewed, it is a step in the right direction. The only way to ensure
an article has been peer reviewed is by filtering your results and verifying
your source. To find my peer review article I used the Walden Library database
and limited my search result by selecting “view only peer-review articles”. To
verify my search, I used the Ulrich Periodical Database. This database allows
you to search for an article by its title. After locating the article under the
Ulrich database, a basics descriptions page will appear containing all
information relevant to the published article and its peer-review status.

 

Diabetes
and Self-Management

Diabetes
is a long-term condition that can affect everyday life, what you eat, your
choice in activities, and can be a financial burden (Hill, 2017). On top of
these challenges, gaining access to healthcare professionals with the ability
to answer questions outside of a scheduled appointment is almost impossible. As
a result, many important questions go unanswered and result in decreased health
outcomes. Because health care professionals are not always available having the
proper education to ensure management of a condition is important.

Improper
management of diabetes can have serious consequences, leading to retinopathy,
nephropathy and possible amputation (Hill, 2017). To prevent adverse outcomes
related to diabetes, educational programs have been established to help people
understand the importance of dietary adjustments such as portion control and
sugar intake (Hill, 2017). Due to the cost associated with these programs many
people with diabetes do not attend, but this is not always the only reason.
Research shows that diabetes is a costly disease, and the reasons for not
participating in diabetic educational programs extend far beyond the scope of
cost (Hill, 2017). Approved time off work, bad educational experiences, and the
lack of advertisement expressing the importance of educational programs are the
primary reasons people with diabetes did not attend (Hill, 2017).

Conclusion

 Diabetes is a common disease that must be
appropriately managed. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals are not
available twenty-four hours a day to assist in management. Therefore, it is the
responsibility of those afflicted with the disease to obtain the appropriate
educational material to manage their disease and increase their overall health
outcomes.