Brown Bag Talk by Mr. Augustine Kang on 20 March


Speaker: Mr. Augustine Kang

Title: A Prospective Intervention Study on Diabetic Patients Undergoing Haemodialysis

Date: 20 March, 1-2pm

Venue: AS4/02-08 (Psychology Department Meeting Room)


With Diabetes Mellitus (DM) being the most common cause of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and in addition to findings suggesting that this particular combination of comorbid conditions result in particularly poor clinical outcomes, there is mounting need to devise strategies to meet the challenges of this chronic disease population. To address the dearth of research in this area, a study was devised to explore needs of diabetic patients undergoing haemodialysis to guide the development of an intervention. In using a mixed methods observational study (n = 170), outcomes and needs of the patient population in question were assessed, including their input on preferred delivery and implementation of the program. Measures used include the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (B-IPQ), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) , Health Literacy Scale (HLS) , UCLA Loneliness Scale (ULS) , Beck Hopelessness Inventory (BHI) , the Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Acitivities (SDSCA) and Treatment Self-Regulation Questionnaire (TSRQ), among several other empirically validated scales. In line with the recent conclusion of data collection, some preliminary findings will be discussed consequently.

About the Speaker:

Augustine Kang is a Master of Social Sciences Candidate at the NUS Department of Psychology. He has been conducting research under the tutelage of A/P Konstadina Griva in the past 5 years, mainly in the area of Nephrology. 

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