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'Race, risk and behaviors: A type 2 diabetes update'
Date:4/29/2014

vision of Community Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, and his co-authors Dr. Leandris C. Liburd, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A. and Dr. Pattie Tucker, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. and R.N., propose that healthcare providers can offer more effective diabetes support to their patients by understanding the cultural perspectives that explain their health behavior, to promote adherence and improve health outcomes. The authors include in their paper a set of recommended resources to assist healthcare providers, and examples of culturally tailored, community-based public health initiatives that have been effective in improving diabetes outcomes among African-Americans, who represent a critical population for effective and culturally appropriate diabetes healthcare because they are disproportionately burdened by type 2 diabetes in the United States.

Glucometers are meant to help patients self-monitor their blood sugar and understand the impact of diet and exercise on blood sugar levels. Like taking medications, effective use of glucometers falls within the responsibility of the patient. Dr. Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D. and her colleagues at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine examined the extent to which Hispanic patients with diabetes understood how to use their glucometers by querying community health workers. The community health workers in the study felt their Hispanic patients had only a limited understanding for how to use glucometers, prompting Dr. Kenya to state, "Glucometers, which add a costly expense to many patients, were not used effectively by the low-income Hispanics we were studying, suggesting that tools such as these are futile if users are not equipped with the knowledge to use them to their full capacity." Kenya suggests that an important mechanism for improving this disconnect is to make diabetes self-management education more widely available to this patient population.

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