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"I'm going to work with the tools": An Exploration of Diabetes Medication Adherence in African Americans of the Southwest

Abstract Nationally, African Americans suffer disproportionately from diabetes; with 13.2% of African Americans diagnosed with diabetes compared to 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites (CDC, 2014). Nearly one-half of all people with diabetes are non-adherent to their oral medications; adherence to insulin therapy was 60%-80% (Brunton et al., 2011; Cramer, 2004; Rubin, 2005). This study explored the question, "What mechanisms are associated with adherence to diabetes medication, including insulin, for African Americans in the Southwest?" Twenty-three people participated in the study; 17 participated in interviews and six participated in gendered focus groups. A community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach engaged the African American comm... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Wardian, Jana (Author) / Marsiglia, Flavio F (Advisor) / Sun, Fei (Committee member) / Shaibi, Gabriel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social work / Public health / Behavioral sciences / African Americans / diabetes / illness perception / medication adherence / resiliency
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 222 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Social Work 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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