DOI: 10.5176/2315-4330_WNC16.67

Authors: Jee Young Joo

Abstract:

•The aim of this study is to explore barriers to and facilitators of diabetes self-management among first-generation Korean-American elderly immigrants with type 2 diabetes in the United States Midwest. •Three focus groups (N = 18) and five individual interviews were conducted with Korean-American elderly (KAE) immigrants with type 2 diabetes. Demographic characteristics and diabetes-related medical history information were obtained with a questionnaire. All data were digitally recorded, transcribed verbatim, and translated from Korean into English. Transcripts were analyzed using standard content-based analysis. •Five perceived barriers were identified: the high cost of type 2 diabetes care, language issues, loss of self-control, memory loss, and limited access to health care resources. Three perceived facilitators were time, seeking information, and family and peer supports. •The barriers to and facilitators of diabetes self-management identified in this study can be used in the development of more age-and culturally sensitive diabetes interventions and resources

Keywords: Korean Americans; Aged; Type 2 diabetes mellitus; Focus groups; Self-management

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