Pilot Study of Flow and Meaningfulness as Psychological Learning Concepts in Patient Education: A Short Report

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Background: The aim of this pilot study was to explore patient experiences of meaningfulness and flow related to group based patient education in type 2 diabetes. Meaningfulness and flow are underexposed as psychological learning concepts in patient education, and the ambition of this study was to investigate the applicability of these concepts of positive psychological theory in a patient education setting. Methods: This pilot study combines participating observation of group based patient education and 8 qualitative interviews with 4 patients with type 2 diabetes. Meaning condensation was used as an analytical tool to identify themes. Preliminary results: When the teaching activities were experienced as engaging for the patients and/or when they stimulated flow, it was due to 1) the perceived relevance of the activities, 2) the acquisition of new knowledge and 3) the feeling of importance in relation to life with diabetes. However, patients only reported a few activities and situations that indicated flow states. A sense of meaningfulness occurred when the patients experienced a sense of community and connectedness, which they obtained from being together with the other patients in the patient education setting. Patients experienced that there was a clear, comprehensive and structured plan for the education programme which was followed. This stimulated their experiences of meaningfulness and flow.

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Nicic, S. , Nørby, K. , Johansen, C. & Willaing, I. (2014). Pilot Study of Flow and Meaningfulness as Psychological Learning Concepts in Patient Education: A Short Report. Psychology, 5, 566-571. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.56066.

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