Author(s): Sullivan LV, Hicks P, Salazar G, Robinson CK
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Abstract PURPOSE: Latinos have higher diabetes prevalence and complication rates with lower use of self-management compared to other populations. This study evaluated perceived barriers to diabetes control among Spanish-speaking only patients in rural Colorado. METHODS: Thirty-five Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes were randomly sampled and interviewed about their attitudes and beliefs concerning diabetes, self-management activities, and the care they received. RESULTS: Patients perceived a high level of control over their diabetes. A minority of patients were adherent to recommended dietary changes or levels of exercise. Use of herbal home remedies to maintain glycemic control was common. Almost half of respondents felt that susto played a role in the development of their diabetes. Three fourths of those testing their glucose felt their physician was not interested in reviewing their blood sugar log. CONCLUSIONS: Diabetes management programs should recognize the barriers patients may have to self-management and help patients incorporate traditional beliefs into a workable treatment regimen.
This article was published in J Immigr Minor Health
and referenced in Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health