HEAL-D (Healthy Eating & Active Lifestyles for Diabetes)
PI – Dr Louise Goff (Diabetes Research Group)
About this study
This research project will develop and evaluate the feasibility of delivering a culturally-tailored, community-based diet and lifestyle intervention for managing type 2 diabetes (T2D) among African & Caribbean patients in primary care.
In the UK people of African and Caribbean ancestry are disproportionately affected by T2D; it occurs younger, with worse control at diagnosis and is associated with higher morbidity and poorer outcomes. Diet and lifestyle education forms the cornerstone of T2D management in primary care however specific cultural barriers may limit healthcare access and contribute to poorer outcomes for African & Caribbean patients. Culturally appropriate healthcare that is respectful of, and responsive to, the health beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients is proposed as a principal way to address healthcare disparities and is identified as a priority by patients.