Attachment style and alliance in patients with diabetes and healthcare professionals

Morris, LE ORCID:, Berry, K, Wearden, AJ, Jackson, N, Dornan, T and Davies, R 2009, 'Attachment style and alliance in patients with diabetes and healthcare professionals' , Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14 (5) , pp. 585-590.

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Avoidant attachment has been found to impair attendance at appointments and treatment adherence of patients with diabetes, but the role of staff–patient relationships has not been explored. This study investigates whether attachment influences the quality of alliance between patients with diabetes and healthcare professionals. Patient avoidance was significantly associated with difficulties in therapeutic alliance. Further research is required to establish whether therapeutic alliance, underpinned by attachment, influences treatment adherence and to investigate ways of promoting collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Psychology, Health & Medicine
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1354-8506
Depositing User: LE Morris
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 10:57

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