Research sheds new light on providing effective diabetes services to Ethnic Minority Groups12:00 26/06/2012
The Delivering Diabetes Care to Ethnic Diversity (DEDICATED) Research team has found that health professionals who are more culturally aware provide better care for their patients.
The team from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Warwick Medical School has developed a checklist, which was used to assess how understanding and incorporating culture, language, religion and health literacy skills can impact on the health outcomes of patients from ethnic minority groups. They concluded that incorporating all elements makes a positive impact on care for ethnic minority groups with diabetes.
Peter Zeh, DEDICATED Research Team Chief Investigator, said: “These findings show that using a healthcare professional or an interpreter who understands the cultural needs of the patient can be very beneficial in their care but healthcare professionals also need to consider adapting teaching and learning methods which meet cultural and community needs.”
Dr Jackie Sturt, Associate Professor in Social & Behavioural Sciences at Warwick Medical School a DEDICATED Investigator said: “Although our research into cultural impacts focussed on diabetes, health workers can tailor care to different cultural needs for a variety of illnesses which would impact positively on patient healthcare for ethnic minority groups.”
The DEDICATED Research Team plans to validate this new instrument and pilot the findings in local General Practices to test the validity and impact of the tool. The team believe putting these findings into practice would not only benefit the patient and their family but ultimately bring about cost savings for the NHS.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
This study has recently been published by Diabetic Medicine Journal. For more information about this research, please contact Peter Zeh: firstname.lastname@example.org.