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The Role of Finding Out in Type 2 Diabetes Management among West-African Immigrants Living in the UK.

Alloh, F., Hemingway, A. and Turner-Wilson, A., 2021. The Role of Finding Out in Type 2 Diabetes Management among West-African Immigrants Living in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (11), 6037.

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DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18116037


Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) prevalence is three times higher among West African Immigrants compared to the general population in the UK. The challenges of managing T2DM among this group have resulted in complications. Reports have highlighted the impact of migration on the health of the immigrant population, and this has contributed to the need to understand the influence of living in West Africa, and getting diagnosed with T2DM, in the management of their condition in the UK. Using a qualitative constructivist grounded theory approach, thirty-four West African immigrants living in the UK were recruited for this study. All participants were interviewed using Semi-structured interviews. After coding transcripts, concepts emerged including noticing symptoms, delayed diagnosis, affordability of health services, beliefs about health, feelings at diagnosis, and emotions experienced at diagnosis all contribute to finding out about diagnosis T2DM. These factors were linked to living in West Africa, among participants, and played significant roles in managing T2DM in the UK. These concepts were discussed under finding out as the overarching concept. Findings from this study highlight important aspects of T2DM diagnosis and how lived experiences, of living in West Africa and the UK, contribute to managing T2DM among West African immigrants. The findings of this study can be valuable for healthcare services supporting West African immigrants living in the UK.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This article belongs to the Special Issue The Implications of the Social Determinants of Health for Quality of Life, and Wellbeing
Uncontrolled Keywords:immigrants; type 2 diabetes; qualitative; West-Africa; diagnosis; management
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35638
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 Jun 2021 14:18
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:28


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