The Chinese family diabetes education project

(Excerpts from Press Release)
The major four-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a pioneering and innovative research partnership between UCSF, University of San Francisco, Donaldina Cameron House, and North East Medical Service. This joint study is the first in the nation to develop and test a cognitive behavioral type 2 diabetes intervention for Chinese American immigrants. For Asian Americans, diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death and they are 30% to 200% more likely than European American to develop diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance as a precursor to diabetes, despite these alarming numbers, culturally appropriate diabetes management interventions and recommendations for Chinese and other Asian American are lacking. The intervention study, conducted entirely in Cantonese, aimed to improve Chinese American immigrants’ diabetes management by strengthening their problem -solving and communication skills with family members and health care providers in different cultural settings. This joint study also strengthened academic and community partnership and developed culturally appropriate strategies to disseminate study findings to promote the health and well-being of the Chinese American immigrant community.

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