Management of diabetes in South Asian communities in the UK
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Management of diabetes in South Asian communities in the UK

Jillian Hill Diabetes nurse consultant, Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust, Waterlinks House, Richard Street, Birmingham

This article discusses some of the specific challenges related to the management of diabetes in patients of South Asian origin. Communicating information that considers cultural, religious and language differences is important to promote effective self-management. The South Asian population in the UK is at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and cultural practices such as fasting if not managed properly can lead to deterioration in their condition. The use of appropriate information and educators with Asian language skills and an understanding of the local population’s culture are important to improve self-management of diabetes in these patients.

Correspondence jill.hill@easternbirminghampct.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 20, 25,57-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.03.20.25.57.c4084

Published in print: 01 March 2006

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review