Fleming, Elizabeth and Gillibrand, Warren P. (2009) An Exploration of Culture, Diabetes, and Nursing in the South Asian Community: A Metasynthesis of Qualitative Studies. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 20 (2). pp. 146-155. ISSN 10436596

South Asian people are often perceived as a homogenous group whose culture is prescriptive and constraining. A metasynthesis of how culture influences diabetes self-management in the context of a South Asian population was undertaken. Theory explication was used to deconstruct and reconceptualize the findings of the studies. Eleven publications reported themes of health beliefs, individuality, context, and shared experiences. The results indicate that culture does not influence diabetes self-management in a rigid and prescriptive way; instead, individuals negotiate and interpret culture in a shifting and diverse context. An individualized approach to delivering culturally appropriate nursing care should be taken.

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