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Attitudes towards gestational diabetes among a multi-ethnic cohort in Australia

Carolan, Mary and Steele, Cheryl and Margetts, Heather (2010) Attitudes towards gestational diabetes among a multi-ethnic cohort in Australia. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19. pp. 2446-2453. ISSN 1365-2702

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Abstract

Aims. This study aimed to examine the attitudes and beliefs towards gestational diabetes of a multiethnic sample of pregnant women with gestational diabetes. Background. Women from non-Caucasian background are disproportionately represented in gestational diabetes statistics. This is of particular importance in multicultural Australia, where increasing numbers of non-Caucasian women give birth. Design. Cross-sectional survey. Methods. The Diabetes Attitude Scale, version 3 was administered to 200 women with gestational diabetes from Vietnamese,Indian, Filipino and Caucasian backgrounds. Results. A total of 143 questionnaires were returned indicating a response rate of 71Æ5%. There were significant between group differences in terms of educational level (p = 0Æ001) and English fluency (p = 0Æ001). Lower educational level, though not English language fluency, was associated with poorer appreciation of gestational diabetes as a serious condition and also with a lower valuing of tight glucose control. This effect was seen irrespective of ethnic group. Indian and Vietnamese women indicated a lower valuing of patient autonomy and also reported less negative psychological effects than Caucasian and Filipino women. Conclusions. Women from non-Caucasian ethnicities may be at risk of poorer self-management of gestational diabetes related to lower education, lower health literacy and a lower appreciation of gestational diabetes as a serious condition. Relevance to clinical practice. Nurses and midwives provide information and advice to women with gestational diabetes. Knowledge about factors that impact on attitude towards gestational diabetes among multiethnic populations is important for developing educational programmes to address their needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19613, attitudes, beliefs, ethnicity, gestational diabetes, midwives, nurses
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Dr Mary Carolan
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 03:49
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 23:35
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15824
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03305
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