The meaning of diabetes
Hill, Stephanie Lee
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The purpose of this study is to understand the health beliefs and behaviors of Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian adults' living with Type 2 diabetes in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Massachusetts. What explanatory models do Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian adults' frame with regard to Type 2 diabetes mellitus? Which of the multiple etiologies and available treatments shape diabetes health beliefs, and how do these relate to the explanatory models of physicians, and how might they impact diabetes behaviors? I sought to gain understanding of these ideas by looking beyond the biomedical definition that may have been imprinted into their descriptions to examine these Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian adults' point of view of diabetes. The research will aid health care professionals in understanding how Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian adults' perceive and discuss diabetes prevention, etiologies, treatments, and aid in creating a care management plan for patients. This project is designed to learn about the views of diabetes causation and treatments for Puerto Ricans and El Salvadorians living with type 2 diabetes in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.
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