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Title: A mixed-methods evaluation of an urban Aboriginal diabetes lifestyle program
Contributor(s): Power, Tamara (author); East, Leah  (author)orcid ; Gao, Yu (author); Usher, Kim  (author)orcid ; Jackson, Debra  (author)
Publication Date: 2021-04
Early Online Version: 2021-03-22
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.13092
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30650
Abstract: Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate an Aboriginal-led diabetes lifestyle program catering to urban Aboriginal people in an Aboriginal organisation.
Methods: Mixed-methods study that employed routinely collected physiological data and audio-recorded focus group sessions. Physiological data were analysed using a multi-level model to account for participant clustering. Qualitative data were subject to thematic analysis.
Results: Participants were overwhelmingly positive about the program. They lost weight and improved their diastolic blood pressure and glycaemic control; however, it was the feelings of belonging and optimism about their ability to improve their health that they most valued. Qualitative analysis revealed three main themes. These were: 'With the Mob', 'For the Mob' and 'Program Elements. The strengths of the program lay in its indigeneity, low-cost and easy-to-prepare diet, and cultural and communication skills of the director.
Conclusions: Recommendations for improvement included educating participants on the pathophysiology of diabetes, the refinement of online elements and the introduction of face-to-face group exercise.
Implications for public health: Programs of this nature should be expanded and evaluated longitudinally with multiple cohorts.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 45(2), p. 143-149
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1753-6405
1326-0200
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 450409 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920210 Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200307 Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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