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Review: culturally appropriate health education improves glycaemic control in members of ethnic minority groups with diabetesCommentary

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Y Robles

Dr Y Robles, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK; roblesy@cf.ac.uk

QUESTION

Does culturally appropriate health education improve outcomes in members of ethnic minority groups with type 2 diabetes mellitus?

REVIEW SCOPE

Studies selected compared a culturally appropriate health education intervention with conventional health education in patients with type 2 diabetes who were members of an ethnic minority community living in high-income countries. “Culturally appropriate” was defined as education tailored to the cultural and religious beliefs (including diet) and linguistic and literacy skills of the specific community. Outcomes included glycaemic control (haemoglobin [Hb] A1c concentration), blood pressure, total cholesterol concentration, quality of life, and knowledge of diabetes.

REVIEW METHODS

Cochrane Library (Issue 3, 2007); Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, PsycINFO, and ERIC (to Aug 2007); SIGLE (to 2006); online …

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