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Social and Health Care Provider Support in Diabetes Self-Management

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Abstract:

Objective: To qualitatively determine social and health care provider support in diabetes self-management of Asian Indians in the United States. Methods: Thirty Asian Indian adults with type 2 diabetes in either acceptable (AC) (HbA1c<7%) or unacceptable (UC) (HbA1c≥7%) glycemic control were interviewed. Emergent themes were analyzed using the constant comparison method. Results: Support from social networks and health care providers was more evident in the AC versus the UC group. UC participants tended to rely more on health-care provider guidance and communication. Conclusion: Involvement of a patient's social networks might be an important part of patient-tailored interventions targeting this population.

Keywords: ASIAN INDIANS; GLYCEMIC CONTROL; SELF-MANAGEMENT; SOCIAL AND HEALTH CARE SUPPORT; TYPE 2 DIABETES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.1.13

Affiliations: 1: Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA. venkate6@msu.edu 2: Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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