South Asian cultural concepts in diabetes

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South Asian people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Nurses need to understand cultural issues to provide individually tailored care

Osman A, Curzio J (2012) South Asian cultural concepts in diabetes. Nursing Times; 108: 10, 28-32.


Type 2 diabetes is a significant health problem in the South Asian community.


To extract messages from primary research reports to improve nurses' cultural understanding so they are better able to promote self-management among people of South Asian origin with type 2 diabetes.


A review was conducted of studies describing people from this group, cultural concepts of their diabetes management and the impact of culturally sensitive care.


Eight studies involved adults of South Asian origin, with three focused solely on the Bangladeshi community. They all explored cultural perceptions of diabetes and self-management.


Cultural beliefs play an important role in attitudes towards diabetes among people of South Asian origin. Understanding their beliefs improves the care provided to this community.

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