Author(s): Kirk JK, Hildebrandt C, Davis S, Crandall SJ, Siciliano AB,
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Abstract To evaluate whether clinicians consider the impact of culture on diabetes management, a survey was mailed to 300 randomly selected patients > or = 50 years with type 2 diabetes and 153 surveys were returned. Data were correlated with A1C values. African Americans (AA) and non-Hispanic whites (NHW), (91.9\%, 97.0\%) respectively, reported clinicians discussed benefits of controlling blood sugar but did not discuss effects of cultural issues on glucose control (< or = 50\%). AAs perceived clinicians were more accommodating of their cultural preferences than did NHWs (49.2\% versus 30.6\%) (P < .05). Females (51.9\%) (P < .01) reported that clinicians acknowledged the importance of their cultural beliefs with a slightly higher percentage for African American females (54.8\%) versus non-Hispanic White females (48.6\%). Understanding the patient's and clinician's views of cultural beliefs as they relate to diabetes self-management can provide perspectives to guide care.
This article was published in J Cult Divers
and referenced in Primary Healthcare: Open Access