"Working hard with it": Self-management of type 2 diabetes by rural African Americans

Sharon W. Utz, Richard H. Steeves, Jennifer Wenzel, Ivora Hinton, Randy A. Jones, Dana Andrews, Alison Muphy, M. Norman Oliver

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The specific aims of this study were to describe the experience of self-managing type 2 diabetes among rural dwelling African Americans, to identify facilitators and barriers to self-management, to describe the use of prescribed and alternative therapies, and to elicit recommendations for programs of diabetes care. Ten focus groups were held in 3 rural communities. Men and women were in separate groups with facilitators matched by race and gender. Seventy-three participants attended the focus groups to discuss the management of diabetes. Group sessions were tape-recorded and transcribed; field notes were also taken. Data were analyzed using Folio Views software and were reviewed by the multidisciplinary team. Results indicate both unique and common themes from this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-205
Number of pages11
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


  • African Americans
  • Alternative therapies
  • Folio View software
  • Self-managing
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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