Guyanese expatriate women ask: “is it a touch of sugar?”

Mitchell, Ann, Allan, Helen T. ORCID: and Koch, Tina (2017) Guyanese expatriate women ask: “is it a touch of sugar?”. Action Research . ISSN 1476-7503 (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/1476750317721303)

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Eight Guyanese expatriate women, who had been living in and around London for decades, came together driven by a participatory inquiry approach. Do we just have ‘a touch of sugar’ or is diabetes a serious affliction were questions asked. The study’s objective was to find answers to these questions. Three nurse academics, one a Guyanese / English woman herself, researched alongside participants. After several years of storytelling and group discussion (2010-2015), the women recognised that when they connected socially, the practical effect of togetherness was empowerment. Researching with participants fostered new understandings of diabetes and improved self-management of this chronic condition. This was achieved through the collaborative character of the inquiry and as a practical response to the problems women were facing. They continue to engage with each other and are reaching out to the wider UK Guyanese community. They have a strong voice about living well with diabetes and strongly reject the myth that diabetes is only ‘a touch of sugar.’

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 22140
Notes on copyright: Mitchell, Ann and Allan, Helen T. and Koch, Tina (2017) Guyanese expatriate women ask: “is it a touch of sugar?”. Action Research. Copyright © 2017 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 07:06

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