Journal article

Social support and self-management of type 2 diabetes among immigrant Australian women.

Renata Kokanovic, Lenore Manderson

Chronic Illn | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the social meanings and interpretations that immigrant women attach to the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, and the social support and professional advice that they receive following this diagnosis. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with 16 immigrant women living in Melbourne, Australia, from communities with a higher than average incidence of type 2 diabetes. Women were recruited purposively through general practitioners and community organizations. The women's initial reaction to the diagnosis of diabetes, understandings of the behavioural changes required to control symptoms and prevent complications and the nature of the social and professional supports wer..

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