Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Ron Graf, DNP
Kim Amer, DNP
Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that poses a major public health problem. Ethnic minorities are at increased risk for developing diabetes and diabetes complications compared to the general population. Patient education is essential for self-management and for tackling this growing epidemic, yet not enough patients are receiving effective diabetes education. The Polish patient population have unmet needs for diabetes education that is specific to their cultural beliefs and dietary habits. Culturally specific diabetes education should address differences in lifestyle and health behaviors that are unique to every ethnic, cultural, and religious group. Diabetes education classes for Polish speaking patients should provide them with fast and easy recipes for preparing healthy meals with emphasis on increasing the intake of vegetables and fruit low in sugar content. They should also be taught muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, or visualization as they report that their immigration status cause them to have a lot of stress in their life.
Kapustka, Bernadeta Agnieszka, "Empowering Culturally Specific Needs and Barriers in Diabetes Education as Identified by Polish Speaking Patients" (2018). College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations. 254.