Aboriginal women share their stories in an outreach diabetes education program
Dressler, Mary Patricia
Compared to other Canadians, Aboriginal people suffer disproportionately from Type 2 diabetes and its complications. In an attempt to fill gaps in services for Aboriginal people to support better management of diabetes and to prevent further complications, the West Side Community Clinic launched a monthly outreach diabetes education program using an informal hands-on approach to learning about meal planning and other forms of diabetes management. The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine the impact that the program has had on the participants' health and well-being through the stories they shared in a group or individual interview. Out of the core group of 30 women, most of them Aboriginal, eleven participated in the group interview and five women participated in individual interviews.Findings reveal that the program's impact on participants' health and well-being is embedded within the context of their lives. Diabetes is managed within multiple life realities in an individual, a familial and a community context. The women report learning management skills and sharing support among participants and staff of Diabetes Morning; and altered health status such as regulated blood glucose levels and weight loss. Opportunities for change include more programming like Diabetes Morning, more often, more information, access to low-cost diabetes-friendly foods, communication with health care practitioners, and integrating knowledge on a day-to-day basis. Domains for outcome indicators and contextual indicators are suggested for the program.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
DepartmentCommunity Health and Epidemiology
ProgramCommunity Health and Epidemiology
Copyright DateDecember 2003
Type 2 diabetes