A prescriptive approach to dietary management of type 2 diabetes in UK South Asian non-English speakers

Ruth Boocock

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Abstract

There is evidence that South Asian people are less likely to follow a healthy diet than the general population. A retrospective audit reported positive dietetic outcomes in people with insulin-treated diabetes, but poorer outcomes for the sub-group of South Asian patients who did not speak English. The language barrier, alongside a preference for medical management of diabetes and the deep cultural significance of food in maintaining social relationships and tradition, was likely to have made integrating dietary self-management difficult. Five years on, the dietitian who performed the retrospective audit presents an evidence review and a case history that argue for a more prescriptive style of dietetic consultation, drawing on the “narrative model” to achieve positive dietetic outcomes for non-English speakers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
JournalDiabetes and Primary Care
Volume21
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2019

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