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South Med J. 2007 Aug;100(8):812-20.

Addressing cultural barriers to the successful use of insulin in Hispanics with type 2 diabetes.

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The Institute for Public Health and Education Research, Inc., USA. camposmdmph@yahoo.com

Abstract

Hispanics experience a higher rate of diabetes than non-Hispanic whites and tend to have worse glycemic control and a greater risk of diabetes-related complications. Once oral antidiabetic agents become insufficient, insulin plays an important role in achieving glycemic goals. However, many Hispanic patients are resistant to initiating insulin therapy or hesitant to increase doses, as necessary, to control their glucose levels. Barriers to insulin therapy include socioeconomic issues (eg, cost, insurance status), language difficulties, poor health literacy, and cultural beliefs that impact the patient-provider relationship and negatively affect patients' perceptions of diabetes and insulin. Healthcare providers can help overcome these issues and improve patient-provider communication by practicing culturally competent care. Implementation of a simple titration regimen using once-daily basal insulin may enable Hispanic patients to maintain glycemic control and improve outcomes.

PMID:
17713308
DOI:
10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3180f609c4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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