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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 937038, 9 pages
Research Article

Perceived Symptoms in People Living with Impaired Glucose Tolerance

1Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, P.O. Box 457, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
2School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, P.O. Box 408, 54128 Skövde, Sweden
3University of Gothenburg, Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), P.O. Box 457, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
4Department of Public Health and Community Medicine/Primary Health Care, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, P.O. Box 457, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
5Department of Health Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway

Received 30 December 2010; Revised 11 April 2011; Accepted 17 May 2011

Academic Editor: Patsy Yates

Copyright © 2011 Susanne Andersson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of the study was to identify symptoms in people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and describe their experiences of living with the symptoms which they related to their condition. Twenty-one participants, from a cross-sectional population-based study, diagnosed as having IGT, were invited for an interview. The interviews were analyzed in two phases by means of a manifest and latent content analysis. The narratives included seven categories of symptoms (and more than 25 different symptoms) presented by the respondents. This study shows that symptoms such as the patient's own interpretation of different perceptions in the body must be considered, as well as signs and/or objective observations. Symptoms ought to be seen as complementary components in the health encounter and health conversation. The results of this study indicate that health professionals should increase their awareness of the balance between the implicit and the explicit bodily sensations that individuals communicate. Further studies are needed.