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Our Lives Were Healthier Before: Focus Groups With African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, and Hmong People With Diabetes

Devlin, Heather and Roberts, Martha and Okaya, Amy and Xiong, Yer Moua (2006) Our Lives Were Healthier Before: Focus Groups With African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, and Hmong People With Diabetes. Health Promotion Practice, 7 (1). pp. 47-55.

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Abstract

Focus groups were conducted to explore health-related beliefs and experiences of African American, Hispanic/ Latino, American Indian, and Hmong people with diabetes and engage community members in improving diabetes care and education for these populations. Eighty participants attended 12 focus groups, 3 per population. Major themes were loss of health attributed to modern American lifestyles, lack of confidence in the medical system, and the importance of spirituality. Participants recommended improvements in the areas of health care, diabetes education, social support, and community action. Their recommendations emphasize the importance of respectful, knowledgeable health care providers; culturally responsive diabetes education for people with diabetes and their families; and broad-based community action. These recommendations align with current public health priorities and medical knowledge. It is proposed that healthy traditions from diverse populations can be leveraged to improve the health of all people with diabetes.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Access to full text is subject to the publisher's access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes; health disparities; African American; American Indian; Hispanic/Latino; Hmong; needs assessment; focus groups; cultural competency
Subjects: Health
Health > Public Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Diabetes
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 26 May 2011 10:23
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1056

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