2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Hispanic Involvement in the Construction of Diabetes Education
Nohemi Alvarez
Dr. Stephen Hadwiger, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this focus group study was to generate knowledge relevant to the target population’s perceived culturally appropriate instructional media and learning needs about diabetes mellitus. Six Hispanics participated in an audiotaped focus group. One of the participants had type 2 diabetes mellitus. Content analysis of the tape recording revealed the following findings: the focus group indicate a distinct knowledge deficit about diabetes mellitus, the progression of this chronic condition, signs and symptoms, and recommended treatment options. Misconceptions about diabetes also emerged, such as diabetes being contagious from husband to wife, that there are no drugs available for the management of diabetes, and that all persons with diabetes eventually lose their vision. Informants advised culturally relevant instructional media to include less text, more visual and auditory media, Spanish language, Latino speakers and meal plans, and interaction with participants. Phase 2 of the study involves the development of a Spanish video to reflect accurate information about diabetes in a culturally relevant format.

Keywords: Hispanic, culturally , appropriate, Diabetes Education, focus group, media


Presentation Type: Technology Showcase

Session: 2-40
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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