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