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Lessons in faith
Diabetics who use spirituality to cope have better health
By Crystal Baity
(This feature originally appeared in the 2009 issue of Alliance, the annual alumni magazine for the College of Allied Health Sciences. It has been updated for this issue of Pieces of Eight).
As someone who has lived with diabetes most of her life, faith has been Dr. Susie Harris’ foundation.
Diabetes and faith became research for her doctoral thesis in rehabilitation studies, which she successfully defended in June 2008. Harris studied whether people with diabetes in eastern North Carolina who use spirituality as a coping mechanism have better health outcomes.
They do, based on her research, which was published this summer in an article in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine with co-authors Dr. David Musick, associate dean for medical education in the Brody School of Medicine, and Dr. Daniel Wong, formerly at ECU and now at Mississippi State University. Harris also has published a book, “The Impact of Spirituality on Persons with Diabetes.”
This story appeared originally in the Aug. 27, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/2010/810/August-2010-Archives.cfm.