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Spring 2013

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What are the effects of diabetes among Vietnamese seniors on themselves and their communities?

This study examines the role of the social and physical environment in influencing type 2 diabetes management among the Vietnamese senior community. The researchers employed a concurrent mixed methods approach, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative instruments. Eleven diabetics participated in individual interviews and seven non-diabetic caregivers comprised the focus group. The study results suggest that in the study sample, the most important factors in influencing management include factors in the physical environment, such as safety and location, as well as social factors, including individual and community influences and the doctor-patient relationship. The findings of this study suggest further research is needed and a community-level intervention designed to support prevention and management within the Vietnamese population.


Chronic Disease Management, Type 2 Diabetes, Vietnamese, Elderly, Worcester

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