For this assignment, you will locate a minimum of 4 research articles related to the topic and PICOT questions that you developed in Week 2. The articles must be current (2002 to the present), and twoVOLUME 31, NUMBER 1, WINTER 2018 47 I n the United States, 9.3% of the population has diabetes (1).
Diabetes is a risk factor for car - diovascular disease and is associated with multiple medical complications, including nephropathy, retinopathy, and peripheral neuropathy (2,3). It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (1). Total costs resulting from diabetes in the United States are estimated at $245 billion annually (1). Diabetes dispropor - tionally affects U.S. Latinos in terms of prevalence and severity; 12.8% of Latinos have diabetes compared to 7.6% of non-Latino whites (1), Latinos experience a higher rate of hospital admissions for uncontrolled diabetes, and Latinos have a higher in - cidence of diabetes-related complica - tions compared to non-Latinos (4,5). Diabetes self-management educa - tion (DSME) offered in the primary care setting is an important tool that can empower participants to success - fully self-manage their diabetes (6). Influences on Diabetes Self-Management Education Participation in a Low-Income, Spanish-Speaking, Latino Population J i l l Te s t e r m a n 1 and Dian Chase 2 1Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, Yakima, WA 2Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Portland, OR Corresponding author: Jill Testerman, [email protected] https://doi.org/10.2337/ds16-0046 ©2017 by the American Diabetes Association . Readers may use this article as long as the work is properly cited , the use is educational and not for profit, and the work is not altered . See http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 for details . ■ ABSTRACT Objective . To investigate influences on participation in diabetes self- management education (DSME) classes in a low-income, Spanish-speaking, Latino population. Methods . Fifteen patients from an Oregon clinic participated in semi-structured interviews designed to understand influences on their par - ticipation in DSME classes, and the authors conducted a thematic analysis. Results . Four themes characterized the data: 1) limited resources, 2) cul - ture, 3) relationship with diabetes, and 4) relationship with clinic. Barriers to class attendance included lack of time, childcare, and transportation; male participants’ shame of illness and lack of interest in health; and difficulty contacting participants by telephone. Motivators of class attendance included interest in being healthy for the sake of family; interest in nutrition; knowledge of the effects of diabetes on self, friends, and family; and positive experiences with group support and self-efficacy in class. Practice implications and conclusion . Participation in DSME classes in this low-income, Spanish-speaking, Latino population was influenced by many factors. Understanding these factors is an important step toward cre - ating classes that are successful in increasing attendance rates for this and similar populations. Creative, targeted approaches to designing DSME classes for low-income, Spanish-speaking, Latino patients and similar populations are needed. These may include classes that remove the barriers of shame and lack of interest for male participants; focus on family involvement, celebration of culturally appropriate foods, group support, and self-efficacy; are accessible to resource-limited participants; and use alternative methods to recruit hard- to-reach participants. 48 SPECTRUM.DIABETESJOURNALS.ORG FEATURE ARTICLE / DIABETES EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AMONG LATINOS DSME is effective at improving glyce - mic control and diabetes knowledge (7–10). Culturally tailored DSME is also effective at improving diabe - tes outcomes for ethnic and racial minorities with diabetes, including Latinos (11). The American Diabetes Asso - ciation (ADA) endorses DSME as a necessary component of diabetes management (12). However, in the United States, only 57.4% of all peo - ple with diabetes (13) and 45.4% of Latinos with diabetes (14) have ever attended a DSME program, and attri - tion rates range from 12 to 50% (15).
Patients in the United States who do attend DSME tend to be Caucasian and English-speaking (16). Ensuring that all people who have diabetes are equally represented in DSME classes is an important step toward address - ing health disparities, in accordance with the ADA standard of providing access to DSME for all (12). Because Latinos are dispropor - tionately affected by diabetes and yet are not similarly represented in DSME, which is a key component of diabetes care, it is important to inves - tigate why this is true. The body of literature on this topic is quite small.
Several qualitative studies (17–19) have examined influences on general diabetes self-management for Latinos; however, only a study by Francis et al. (17) specifically focused on DSME class participation in a Latino popu - lation. Given the limited research on this topic, this study adds useful addi - tional insights. The aim of this study was to investigate the influences on DSME participation in a low-income, Spanish-speaking, Latino population to inform future efforts to design DSME classes for similar populations and thereby increase participation in DSME and work toward ameliorat - ing DSME disparities.
Methods Design This was a descriptive, qualitative study designed to observe a particu - lar subject matter of interest to gain a general understanding of why and how it occurs without influencing the subject matter in any way (20).
A descriptive, qualitative design was chosen because this is an effective method for establishing a baseline un - derstanding of an understudied topic. This research project was approved by the Oregon Health & Science University institutional review board.
Setting and Participants The setting for this study was the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic of the Cascades in Deschutes County, Ore. To receive medical care at VIM, patients must have an in - come greater than zero but <200% of the federal poverty level and must lack health insurance. More than 75% of VIM’s patients are Latino. In Deschutes County, most people who do not qualify for subsidized govern - ment health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (due to citizen - ship requirements) and cannot afford to buy private insurance are Latino immigrants (21). Approximately 25% of the patient population at VIM has a diagnosis of diabetes. VIM offers a free group DSME class for its Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes. The class con - sists of eight weekly sessions held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the months of January and February. To promote the classes, bilingual flyers are posted at VIM. Before each class, all Spanish-speaking patients with a diagnosis of diabetes who have not yet participated in a class are invited to attend via both mailed invitation letter and telephone call.
Patients with prediabetes and family members of patients are welcome to attend; however, the classes are pri - marily for patients with diabetes.
Patients are also welcome to attend as many sessions as they would like. Classes are taught by an English- speaking volunteer diabetes educator with simultaneous Spanish-language interpretation provided. The classes are offered in a group format and focus on the physiology of diabetes, nutrition, healthy eating, exercise, use of glucose meters, preventive care, stress management, and men - tal health. Participants receive a free glucose meter, and healthy snacks are provided at each class session ( J.
Goodwin, personal communication, 1 October 2014). VIM has offered the annual Spanish-speaking DSME class since 2009. On average, half of the 15–20 patients invited to each 8-week pro - gram attend at least one session.
However, an average of only 2–3 patients have perfect attendance at all 8 sessions ( J. Goodwin, personal communication, 18 November 2014). Study participants were recruited from the group of Spanish-speaking, Latino patients with diabetes at VIM who had been invited to attend DSME classes in 2014 and 2015 and the group of DSME class partici - pants in 2014 and 2015. There was some overlap between these groups.
Class attendees included one family member who attended classes with a spouse but did not have diabetes and one patient with prediabetes. All of these 34 potential participants were contacted by J.T. via telephone and asked in Spanish to participate in one interview. Diff iculty contacting partici - pants was a significant issue that arose during recruitment for the study. Of the 34 potential partic - ipants identified by VIM, 14 were not reachable by telephone. Many patients had telephone numbers that had changed, been disconnected, or did not have a working voicemail sys - tem. The patients who were reached by telephone were primarily female and attendees of previous classes.
Difficulty contacting patients by telephone was observed to be a factor that also affected recruitment for the DSME classes.
Data Collection Semi-structured in-person interviews with participants were conducted at VIM by J.T. in January and February 2015. There were 12 interview ses - VOLUME 31, NUMBER 1, WINTER 2018 49 sions, 9 involving one participant each and 3 involving two participants (in 2 sessions, spouses were interviewed to - gether, and, in 1 session, a father and daughter were interviewed together).
Interviews with two participants were conducted according to participant preferences to be interviewed along with their family members. The interview questions were asked in English, with simultane - ous interpretation provided by one of five volunteer Spanish-language interpreters. Five different interpreters were used because no one interpreter was available for all of the interview sessions. The interviews lasted from 20 to 60 minutes each and followed an open-ended guide designed to explore participants’ general back - ground, experiences with diabetes, attitudes toward the DSME classes at VIM, and influences on attendance of these classes. The interview guide was reviewed for cultural appropriate - ness by a bilingual, bicultural VIM employee. Age and sex were recorded on written data collection forms for each participant. All participants who completed an interview received a $10 gift card for a local grocery store. Each participant provided written informed consent.
Data Analysis Audio-recorded interviews were tran - scribed into English by J.T. The tran - scripts were reviewed and corrected by one Spanish-language interpreter, who compared them directly to the audio recordings. The transcripts were coded inde - pendently by J.T. and D.C. To code the data, each researcher divided the interview data into discrete ideas, then grouped similar ideas together and assigned a code to each group. A consensus on codes was reached, and the relationships between codes were analyzed to develop themes that char - acterized the findings of the interview data. The selection of themes was based on both the plurality of similar ideas within certain codes and also the relevance of certain codes to the study aim. The themes that emerged from the data were reviewed with a focus group of VIM Spanish-speaking DSME class participants at one of the class sessions to gain feedback about their relevance. This focus group session was also audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded to assist with final theme development.
Results Participant Characteristics Fifteen participants were recruit - ed and interviewed from a pool of 34 potential participants (Spanish- speaking patients who had been invit - ed to attend and/or who had attended DSME classes at VIM in 2014 and 2015) (Figure 1). An exception was one participant with diabetes who was not a clinic patient, but was the father of a participant and volunteered to be interviewed. Table 1 summarizes partici - pant characteristics. Thirteen of the participants had diabetes, one had prediabetes, and one did not have diabetes but had attended the class with her spouse who had diabetes.
Four of the 15 participants were male.
Patients’ average age was 46 years, and their average duration of diabetes was 8.5 years. All of the participants were Spanish-speaking, with little or no English-speaking ability, and most had immigrated to the United States from Mexico or Central America. Participants reported a range of diabetes symptoms, from being asymptomatic to experiencing pain, vision problems, fatigue, dental problems, headache, thirst, shakiness, overeating, loss of appetite, moodi - ness, heart palpitations, chest pain, and kidney problems. The focus group participants were attendees of one of the 2015 Spanish-speaking DSME classes at VIM. This group was a mix of males and females, some of whom had par - ■ FIGURE 1 . Participant recruitment flowsheet.
T E S T E R M A N A N D C H A S E 50 SPECTRUM.DIABETESJOURNALS.ORG FEATURE ARTICLE / DIABETES EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AMONG LATINOS ticipated in this study and some of whom had not.
Themes Influencing DSME Attendance at VIM Four main themes emerged from the interview data regarding influences on DSME attendance among study participants: limited resources, cul - ture, relationship with diabetes, and relationship with clinic. These themes were vetted with the focus group participants, who agreed with their accuracy.
Limited Resources Resources that influenced DSME par - ticipation in this population includ - ed time, childcare, transportation, money, and availability of classes (Table 2). Many participants stat - ed that they were not able to attend or were late to classes, which started at 5:00 p.m., because of their work hours. Several participants explained that it was difficult for them to attend because of a lack of childcare during class time. While children were al - lowed to attend class, this could be disruptive to other class members, as one participant stated. Lack of transportation was also described as a barrier to class attendance. Many par - ticipants either did not drive, lived far from the clinic, did not have money for public transportation, or were not able to navigate the roads during win - try weather. Because the class sessions occur during the months of January and February, wintry weather was of - ten an issue. Some participants did acknowledge that the fact that the classes were free and offered in the evenings encouraged their attendance.
Culture: Family, Gender, and Food The cultural factors of family, gen - der, and food were brought up fre - quently during participant interviews (Table 3). Family emerged as an important influence, both positive and negative, on class attendance. Several peo - ple stated that family commitments occasionally made it difficult for them to attend class. However, many participants, both male and female, also indicated that they wanted to be healthy for the sake of their family.
This was described as a motivator of class attendance. In addition, several participants mentioned that support from their family members encour - aged them to attend class. Male gender emerged as a signifi - cant barrier to class attendance in this study population. Men were under - represented both in the VIM DSME classes and in the study participants.
Both male and female participants had ideas about why this was the case.
Several men shared that they think Latino men are ashamed of having diabetes and do not want to admit to others that they are sick. Both women and men thought that Latino men are not as concerned about their health as women and instead just want to enjoy life. A man suggested that offer - ing beer in class would be a motivator for men to attend. However, as was described above in the discussion about the influence of family, men also expressed motivation to attend class because they said they wanted to be healthy for the sake of their families. Many participants spoke about their important relationship with TABLE 1 . Participant Characteristics n (%) Sex Male Female 4 (27) 11 ( 7 3 ) Age (years) 36–40 41– 4 5 46–50 51– 5 5 56–60 61 – 6 5 Unknown 5 (33) 2 (13 ) 3 (20) 3 (20) 0 (0) 1 (7) 1 (7) Diabetes type Type 2 diabetes Prediabetes No diabetes (spouse of patient with diabetes) 13 ( 87 ) 1 (7) 1 (7) Diabetes duration (years) 0 (no diabetes or prediabetes) 1–5 6 –10 11 –15 16 – 2 0 >20 Unknown 2 (13 ) 3 (20) 2 (20) 4 (27) 1 (7) 1 (7) 2 (13 ) Number of sessions attended (out of 8) 0 1– 4 5–8 NA (not a patient at VIM) 2 (13 ) 3 (20) 9 (60) 1 (7) VOLUME 31, NUMBER 1, WINTER 2018 51 food. Several people indicated that they did not think typical Latino diets were healthy for someone with diabetes and that changing their dietary habits was very difficult.
However, most participants said that they were interested in learning about healthy eating, and people who attended classes generally enjoyed the parts about food and requested more nutrition curriculum.
Relationship With Diabetes Participants spoke about a range of experiences they had with diabetes, and consistencies emerged regarding the impact of these experiences on class attendance (Table 4). Participants who did not under - stand the chronic nature of diabetes or who were asymptomatic were less likely to engage in diabetes self- management behaviors. One par - ticipant shared that her depression, which was partly a result of having diabetes, made it difficult to engage in self-care. Conversely, several partici - pants who had developed symptoms that they attributed to diabetes were motivated to learn more about diabe - tes and attend class. Many participants described the effects of diabetes on their family and friends, observing that people with diabetes who did not take care of themselves died or suffered from complications of diabetes, whereas people who took care of themselves lived longer and healthier lives. These observations of the effects of diabetes on family and friends generally moti - vated class attendance.
Relationship With Clinic The majority of participants spoke highly of VIM and the DSME class - es there, although two participants acknowledged having negative ex - periences at VIM or in the classes (Table 5). Participants described the clinic as offering valuable medical ser - vices that were not available in their countries of origin and thought the clinic staff members were caring.
The classes themselves were generally received positively by attendees, and participants stated that they especially enjoyed the tangible results they got from classes, the group support, and the increased self-efficacy they felt.
The two participants who had negative experiences with the clinic described being confused by translation issues and feeling that they did not have good continuity of care because of the all-volunteer clinic staff.
Discussion DSME has the potential to improve diabetes outcomes in a low-income, Spanish-speaking, Latino population, but it cannot be effective if the tar - geted audience does not participate.
This study revealed four themes re - garding DSME class attendance in this population of low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinos with di - abetes (Figure 2). These themes are described as follows:
1. Lack of resources (i.e., time, childcare, transportation, f in- ances, and limited class session TABLE 2 . Participant Quotes Illustrating the Influence of Limited Resources on Participation in DSME (With Participant Number and Sex) Theme: Limited Resources Quotes Time conflic t with work “. . . some people get out of work at 5:0 0, and come to the class late, and they miss par t of the session . . . .” (#2, F) “When I get out of work late . . . I’m tired, I’m sleepy, or I’m hungr y, and sometimes I can’t come . . . . I work . . . in housekeeping . . . . I’m almost always leaving work at 6:0 0 in the evening.” (#11, F) Childcare “. . . I couldn’t come . . . because I didn’t have childcare . . . . With the two of them, [the class] was more like playing for them, and I couldn’t listen. And . . . I’m not the only one listening, but also my fellow students.” (#3, F) Transportation “. . . I live [15 miles away] . . . . I don’t drive, and my husband brings me. So, this was something that was hard for my husband, too, when he was tired. And . . . when there’s lots of snow, it’s dangerous.” (#9, F) “ . . . sometimes I don’t have the money . . . . It’s $12 for the taxi . . . . It takes about 45 minutes to walk . . . . The little one can walk now . . . . Before I would have to carr y her . . . .” (#7, F) Advantage of free, evening classes “I think that in another clinic, maybe they would offer [these classes], but for some people, it’s economically out of reach . . . . I wouldn’t go [to classes that are not free] because . . . we don’t have the resources.” (#9, F) “. . . there’s no other place that offers free classes, and we have to take advantage of it.” (#1, F) “. . . it was an advantage that the classes were later.” (#9, F) F, f e m a l e.
T E S T E R M A N A N D C H A S E 52 SPECTRUM.DIABETESJOURNALS.ORG FEATURE ARTICLE / DIABETES EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AMONG LATINOS offerings), which discouraged attendance 2. Cultural influences, which both motivated attendance (e.g., desire to attend DSME to be healthy for the sake of family and interest in learning more about healthy food choices) and discouraged attendance (e.g., shame and lack of interest on the part of male participants and difficulties with d iet a r y cha nge s) TABLE 3 . Participant Quotes Illustrating the Influence of Culture on Participation in DSME (With Participant Number and Sex) Theme: Culture Quotes Family Busy with family “I am ver y busy, and I haven’t been able to [come to class]. Because my kids are doing spor ts . . . Mondays to Thursdays and Saturday . . . and Friday night is family time.” (#10, F) Motivated to be healthy for family “. . . they diagnosed me with diabetes . . . I tr y to eat less of the bad things that I eat . . . . I want to continue in this world so that I can see my kids grow up.” (#3, F) “ . . . the reason I am in treatment is because of my wife, and my daughters . . . . My wife really suppor ts me with these classes . . . . Now I’m really more motivated for it, because of the baby.” (#15, M) Gender Male: shame “. . . it’s embarrassing for men to say [they are] diabetic. They make fun of you . . . . My siblings and my parents, they don’t know . . . . I don’t want them to feel sorr y for me . . . . As a Mexican, maybe it’s from being machista . . . . It’s from the culture we’re coming from. It’s ver y hard.” (#15, M) Male: not interested in health “. . . the men, they aren’t as interested as we are. Because my husband also has diabetes, and sometimes I tell him, ‘Come to the class with me,’ and he’s like, ‘No you go . . . . I can take you, and then I can pick you up.’” (#4, F) “I think that lots of men just ignore this . . . . And I heard men say, ‘One day, we’re all going to die. I’m going to give my body what it wants.’ . . . It’s like, when you tell them to go to the doc tor [for] colon cancer [screening] at 50 . . .
and they’re like, ‘Oh, no, I’m going to be fine.’ . . . I think that’s why they don’t go to the classes . . . .” (#3, F) “. . . because I don’t think [men] are concerned about their health . . . . They just want to relax and watch T V and eat Doritos . . . a little beer!” (#11, F) “I have an idea, but it’s crazy. Tell them that there will be beer! . . . [Going to class is] not that impor tant to men. You just want to feel good, and sometimes drink a beer . . . .” (#15, M) Food Dietar y changes difficult “Yeah, it’s ver y hard . . . especially the food. If we’re going to go out to eat, [I] eat a salad, but they’re eating really good things, and it looks delicious. So, it’s better if I don’t go. I’d rather stay at home.” (#11, M) Motivated to learn more about nutrition “. . . It’s ver y hard, this illness, because we have ver y delicious food, but we’re killing ourselves with it . . . . Tor tillas are . . . the worst, so they asked, ‘How many do you eat?’ I said, ‘Like 12 with a meal?’ They’re like, ‘No, about 2!’” (#15, M ) “I like the par t about diet the best. This is ver y impor tant . . . . I know that we Latinos tend to eat too much.” (#4, F) “I would like to know what I should eat and what I shouldn’t eat . . . because what I want is for my blood sugar level to always be normal. When it’s 180, I’m scared! . . . If I have a goal to eat what I should eat with this disease, I will do it.” (#8, F) F, female; M, male. VOLUME 31, NUMBER 1, WINTER 2018 53 3. Relationship with diabetes, which both motivated attendance (e.g., the desire to reduce personal diabetes symptoms and to avoid diabetes symptoms observed in friends and family) and discour - aged attendance (e.g., among patients who were asymptom - atic, lacked understanding of the chronic nature of diabetes, or had comorbid depression) 4. Relationship with clinic and DSME classes, which both moti- vated attendance (e.g., positive experiences with supportive clinic staff, group support, and self-efficacy gained from classes) and discouraged attendance (e.g., translation issues in class, incon - sistent clinic staff, and difficulty contacting patients by telephone) Understanding these themes can help diabetes educators and HCPs design DSME classes that are more accessible to low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinos and more effectively recruit patients for these classes. Although no two patient populations are exactly the same, the qualitative data provided by the par - ticipants in this study add valuable insights into possible ways to improve DSME attendance among similar populations.
Relationship of This Study’s Findings to Previous Research Many of the influences on DSME participation that emerged from this study are consistent with findings from previous research on DSME participation in Latino populations.
Financial constraints, work conflicts, family conflicts, and lack of transpor - tation have been described as barriers to DSME attendance (17,18,22), whereas family support, positive re - lationships with HCPs, and group support received from classes have emerged as motivators for DSME attendance (17,19) in Latino popu - lations. In addition to strengthening existing research about Latino par - ticipation in DSME, this study also contributes several unique findings. The findings offer insight about the relationship between Latino men and DSME attendance, which is a topic that has not been well studied.
It has been documented that Latino men are less likely to attend DSME than Latino women (22), but little research has been done specifically to explore motivators of and barriers to DSME attendance in a male Latino population. A lthough there were only four male participants in this study and data gained from such a small sample size should be interpreted with caution, their insights were aug - mented by the viewpoints of female TABLE 4 . Participant Quotes Illustrating the Influence of the Relationship Wi\ th Diabetes on Participation in DSME (With Participant Number and Sex) Theme: Relationship With Diabetes Quotes Do not understand chronic nature of diabetes “I ignored many things when I got this illness . . . . I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it . . . . I thought of it like a cold, because I didn’t know what it was.” (#3, F) Motivated to take care of self when symptomatic “. . . and [the doc tor] prescribed me some pills, and I didn’t take them . . . .
When I felt like I had diabetes, that’s when I star ted taking the medication.” (#12 , M ) “I felt that I was in good health. But . . . my bone pain brought me here to learn more . . . because I think that all human beings don’t look for help until we are going through something difficult.” (#3, F) Comorbid depression “ . . . when people first get the news, it hits them so hard, that they get depressed . . . . This happened to me. I said, ‘Well, now I’m sick. I’m not interested in any thing else.’” (FG, F) Effec t of diabetes on family and friends “When I was told that I had diabetes, I almost had a hear t attack . . . . My mother, when she had diabetes . . . she lost her sight. Later, my [aunt got] diabetes, and she said, ‘Oh, I’m going to die anyhow.’ She didn’t do any thing. She didn’t diet . . . and she died . . . . So, when I was told I had diabetes, . . . I thought, ‘Well, this is as far as I am going to make it.’ But thanks to God, they star ted to tell me how it was possible to live with diabetes, as long as it is well regulated.” (#2, F) “I’ve seen friends . . . that sadly have lost their lives because they didn’t take care of . . . their diabetes . . . . The disease kept growing until they had to star t to amputate a finger, a foot, up to the knee, and later these people died . . . . This was something I saw in my countr y . . . . But I also knew a woman who had diabetes who took care of herself, and she lived a long time.” (#9, F) F, female; FG, focus group participant; M, male.
T E S T E R M A N A N D C H A S E 54 SPECTRUM.DIABETESJOURNALS.ORG FEATURE ARTICLE / DIABETES EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AMONG LATINOS participants and offer a useful foun - dation for understanding this issue. Male and female participants alike described Latino male participation in DSME as being negatively influ - enced by shame and a lack of interest in health, both of which could dis - courage DSME attendance. They indicated that Latino men with dia - betes may experience shame related to having an illness and are generally not interested in their health, pre - ferring instead to just “enjoy life.” These attitudes are consistent with machismo culture, in which men are expected to be masculine, strong, and proud (23), attributes that are not consistent with having a chronic illness and may engender shame or a cavalier attitude toward diabetes. This contention is supported by research indicating that Latino male machismo characteristics can lead to a general lack of interest in preventive health measures (24,25). Paradoxically, machismo culture, in addition to the expectation that men embody mas - culine characteristics, also designate men as strong protectors of and pro - viders for family (23), and, in fact, being healthy for the sake of family was the strongest motivator to attend DSME classes for male participants. Family also has been an import - ant theme in previous studies about Latino patients and DSME, which have documented that Latino patients tend to consider family needs as more deserving of attention than individ - ual needs (19,26) and that Latino participants cite the strength they derive from family as a motivation to participate in DSME (19). This study had similar findings, but both male and female participants also uniquely described wanting to be healthy for the sake of their families as a motiva - tion to attend DSME. The concept that Latino patients may be moti - vated to attend DSME specifically because they want to be healthy to be able to provide for and be pres - ent for their family, both now and in the future, adds further insight into TABLE 5 . Participant Quotes Illustrating the Influence of the Relationship Wi\ th Clinic on Participation in DSME (With Participant Number and Sex) Theme: Relationship With Clinic Quotes Clinic care is valued “. . . in my town [in Mexico], a lot of people have this disease, and they die ver y young . . . . They don’t last a long time like we do . . . . Thank God, they are taking care of us ver y well here . . . . Each appointment that we come to, they ask us ever y thing, and they make us another appointment again . . . . ” (#13 , F ) “I have gone to all of the classes and enjoyed them . . . . We learned so many things . . . that in my countr y, nobody has leaned about. Because of this, my aunts didn’t take care of themselves. For me, this information is ver y valuable.” (#2, F) Clinic care is inconsistent “I see one doc tor who says one thing and another says something else, and I realize that they’re volunteers . . . . And I don’t want to complain, because . . .
what am I going to do if they send me away from here?” (#15, M) Translation issue in classes “I feel like I didn’t learn a lot, and the reason was the language. They changed the people who were translating . . . . It was confusing . . . . With diabetes . . . even the smallest word can be confusing . . . . ” (#3, F) Positive experiences in classes “. . . and yes, as I told you, I’ll come back again. I have learned a lot from the classes . . . . Last year, I weighed 178 lb. And with the lessons that we had here, . . . I lost 10 lb.” (#11, F) “ . . . it’s better if there’s . . . a big group . . . . That way, we can talk about what’s going well, what’s not going so well . . . all together . . . . ” (#14, M) “. . . and classes like this help [me] to realize that it’s not just me that has this problem, . . . and listening to stories helps you to understand that you have to move for ward, that you have to take care of yourself, because there are people here who love you and suppor t you.” (FG, F) “Here, they taught me to value myself and follow my goals, and I have reached them.” (FG, F) “I have learned more, and I know I can keep feeling better following the advice. The world can change, and I can, too.” (#3, F) F, female; FG, focus group participant; M, male. VOLUME 31, NUMBER 1, WINTER 2018 55 ■ FIGURE 2 . Interconnecting themes describing influences on participation in DSME in this study population.
T E S T E R M A N A N D C H A S E 56 SPECTRUM.DIABETESJOURNALS.ORG FEATURE ARTICLE / DIABETES EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AMONG LATINOS the relationship between Latinos and DSME participation. The motivating influence of the presence of diabetes symptoms (in self and others) in this population is also a unique finding. Several participants indicated that they were not moti - vated to care for their diabetes when they did not realize diabetes was a chronic illness or when they were asymptomatic, which is consistent with previous research indicating that people who do not identify as being “diabetic” are less likely to accept an invitation to DSME (27) and that Latinos with diabetes often do not seek medical care unless they are ill (28). However, many participants stated that they became motivated to attend class or engage in self-care behaviors once they became symp - tomatic or observed the effects of diabetes on their family and friends. Difficulty with DSME recruit - ment because patients in this population are difficult to reach by telephone has not been specifically described in other studies on this topic. Because many potential DSME class participants in this population will not be successfully invited to attend if telephone calls are relied on for recruitment, this is an important issue that needs to be addressed.
Limitations This study, like most qualitative stud - ies, had a small sample size from a limited geographical area. The sample mostly consisted of women and previ - ous class attendees from one clinic in central Oregon. Ideally, men and pa - tients who had not attended previous classes would have been more equally represented in the participant sample.
The makeup of the participants makes it difficult to fully generalize the re - sults to other Latino populations or to the general population. However, with this caveat in mind, the results are still a useful step toward under - standing similar populations. Another limitation involves the linguistic and cultural discrepancy between the researchers and partic - ipants. Interviews were conducted by J.T. in English with Spanish-language interpretation, and both language and cultural mismatches between J.T. and participants could have influenced the responses. Also, having several different interpreters and conducting some interviews with paired partici - pants versus single participants meant that interviews were not conducted in an entirely uniform manner. Despite these limitations, the consistency of themes across interviews and the sat - uration of comments within themes is promising for the validity of these results. Themes were also vetted with a focus group of Spanish-speaking DSME VIM class participants who corroborated their accuracy.
Practice Implications and Conclusion This study adds important insights to aid in understanding the influences on DSME participation in a low- income, Spanish-speaking, Latino population. For the participants in this study, significant barriers to DSME participation included lack of time, transportation, childcare, and available classes; shame of illness and lack of interest in health in male participants; struggles with adopting dietary changes; translation issues in class; and difficulties in contacting pa - tients by telephone. Significant moti - vators of DSME participation includ - ed a desire to be healthy for the sake of family; interest in learning more about nutrition; motivation to ad - dress existing diabetes symptoms and avoid the observed effects of diabetes in friends and family; and the rein - forcing aspects of classes, including supportive clinic staff, group support, and increased self-efficacy. For this population and simi - lar ones, tailoring DSME classes to address these influences on participa - tion will be an important step toward improving attendance and reducing DSME disparities. Creative changes to existing DSME formats are nec - essary to recruit and retain class participants in low-income, Spanish- speaking, Latino populations. Based on this study’s results, these changes could include:
• Making classes accessible in terms of time, place, and available child - care • Providing additional class sessions at various times of the year • Reaching out to male participants with class themes that focus on healthy men as strong supporters of family and using male instruc - tors and male promotoras to reduce shame, overcome lack of interest in health, and encourage more men to attend classes • Celebrating family by encourag - ing family participation in classes • Incorporating culturally appropri - ate nutrition content and cooking instruction in class • Emphasizing group support and self-efficacy activities in class • Motivating DSME attendance by exploring patients’ specific rela - tionship with diabetes symptoms in their own lives and in the lives of their family and friends • Teaching classes in participants’ native language whenever possible • Maintaining a consistent and sup - portive staff presence in the classes • Recruiting difficult-to-reach patients with a variety of modal - ities, which could include text messages, social media, commu - nity events, and the employment of trusted, motivated peer recruiters A lthough these f indings add to the knowledge of influences on DSME attendance in this popula - tion, there is a need for more research because there have been few studies specifically devoted to this topic. The results of this study also highlight the need for further examination of the relationship between Latino men and diabetes to better serve the needs of this population, which is underrepre - sented in DSME classes (22). This study’s findings can help guide DSME educators who work with low-income, Spanish-speaking Latino patients, but it is important VOLUME 31, NUMBER 1, WINTER 2018 57 to remember that factors influencing DSME participation vary based on the characteristics of each target pop - ulation. No two clinic populations are exactly alike, and Latino patients, like other patient populations, are a diverse group. To customize DSME programs that will be well attended, meet the needs of patients, and be able to reduce the impact of diabetes, educators and providers will benefit not only from learning about what influences have been identified in similar patient populations such as this one, but also by characterizing the unique characteristics of their own target populations.
Acknowledgments The authors thank Joan Goodwin and Jennifer Fuller at the VIM Clinic for their support of this study; Salome Chauncey, Vicente Sanchez, and Mayra Alvarado at VIM Clinic and Andrea Hopkins and Kent Carter at ¡A Charlar! of Bend, Ore., for their valuable help with Spanish-language interpretation; and Cynthia Perry at Oregon Health & Science University, Alexander Alexiades at Heritage University, and Shelly Randall at Story Services for manuscript editing assistance.
Funding Financial support for this research was pro - vided by VIM Clinic in the form of donated $10 gift cards for a local grocery store for each of the 15 participants. There was no other funding source for this research.
Duality of Interest No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.
Author Contributions J.T. researched and analyzed data, contrib - uted to the discussion, and wrote, reviewed, and edited the manuscript. D.C. analyzed data, contributed to the discussion, and reviewed and edited the manuscript. J.T. is the guarantor of this work and, as such, had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
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