Cultural perspectives of interventions for managing diabetes and asthma in children and adolescents for ethnic minority groups
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Both diabetes and asthma are increasingly being recognized as health problems for ethnic groups. Because of cultural differences, ethnicity is reported to be a risk factor for poorer quality in healthcare, disease management and disease control. Ethnic groups are at risk for poorer quality of life and increased disease complications when compared with non-ethnic counterparts living in the same country. There is little known about how culture is addressed in interventions developed for ethnic groups. The aim of this paper is to systematically review the cultural perspectives of interventions for managing diabetes and asthma in children, adolescents and/or their families from ethnic minority groups. A total of 92 records were identified that were potentially relevant to this review following which, 61 papers were excluded. The full texts of remaining papers (n = 31) were then read independently by both authors, and agreement was reached to exclude a further 27 papers that did not meet inclusion criteria. A total of four papers were eligible for inclusion in this review. Findings indicate that despite growing concerns about health disparities between ethnic and non-ethnic groups in relation to both asthma and diabetes in childhood, there has been little effort to develop cultural specific interventions for ethnic groups. By systematically reviewing asthma and diabetes interventions we have highlighted that few interventions have been developed from a cultural perspective. There are a limited number of interventions published that add knowledge on the specific elements of intervention that is needed to effectively and sensitively educate other cultures.More work is required into identifying which strategies or components of cultural interventions are most effective in achieving positive health outcomes for children, adolescents and/or their families from ethnic groups.
Adolescence , Asthma , Children , Diabetes mellitus , Ethnic groups , Intervention
McManus, V. & Savage, E. (2010). 'Cultural perspectives of interventions for managing diabetes and asthma in children and adolescents from ethnic minority groups'. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36, 612-622. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01101.x
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: MC MANUS, V. & SAVAGE, E. 2010. Cultural perspectives of interventions for managing diabetes and asthma in children and adolescents from ethnic minority groups. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36, 612-622, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01101.x