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Is culture-specific care effective in improving diabetes management in the South Asian population?

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  • Article: Osman A, Curzio J (2012) South Asian cultural concepts in diabetes. Nursing Times; 108: 10, 28-32.
  • Author: Amina Osman is staff nurse, Nightingale Ward, Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust; Joan Curzio is professor of practice development, Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University.

We’re discussing this on twitter using #culturespecific

Key points

  1. People of South Asian origin are four times more likely to develop diabetes than other ethnic groups
  2. Those with type 2 diabetes also have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and renal problems
  3. Nurses should not make assumptions about understanding among South Asian people with type 2 diabetes
  4. Fatalism and strongly held cultural beliefs should not be seen as resistance to health education
  5. It is important for nurses to understand other cultures and how individuals relate to their own culture

Let’s discuss

  • Why are people with diabetes in South Asian community more likely to develop complications from their condition?
  • Is culture specific care effective in improving management of diabetes in this population?
  • How would you address commonly held beliefs that prevent South Asian people developing healthier lifestyles?

Imagine you need to organise a support group for people with diabetes from a South Asian community.

  • Who should you involve in planning and setting up the group?
  • How could you engage people and encourage them to attend?
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Readers' comments (2)

  • how do I see the full article please?

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  • Bit ambiguous. South Asia runs from the Occident to the Orient, several thousands of miles and covering a multitude of counties and a myriad of races, cultures and creeds. Perhaps she means the Indian sub-continent.

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