Addressing the needs of an ethnic minority diabetic population

Br J Nurs. 2006 May 11-24;15(9):516-9. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2006.15.9.21093.


Even if ethnic minority populations in our health community are small in numbers, it is important to identify factors that may affect the quality of the healthcare encounter, such as linguistic needs and health beliefs. Despite increased prevalence and morbidity of diabetes in certain ethnic minority groups, inequalities in health may exist and can be multifactorial in nature. This article looks at the importance of cultural sensitivity, so health professionals can articulate difference, show respect and understand health-related beliefs and values. Individual assessment means that health information can be given that values diversity and is specific to an individual. This article uses social and psychological theory to offer explanations as to how prejudice occurs, and looks at the start of a journey for a diabetes team that cares for a small ethnic minority population.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology
  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication Barriers
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / ethnology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / nursing
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control
  • Ethnic Groups / education
  • Ethnic Groups / ethnology
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups / education
  • Minority Groups / psychology
  • Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Prejudice
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Self-Assessment
  • Semantics
  • Socialization
  • Stereotyping
  • Transcultural Nursing / education
  • Transcultural Nursing / organization & administration
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology