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Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2016, Article ID 5436174, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5436174
Research Article

“I’m Managing My Diabetes between Two Worlds”: Beliefs and Experiences of Diabetes Management in British South Asians on Holiday in the East—A Qualitative Study

1Centre for Endocrinology and Diabetes and Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, Institute of Human Development, The University of Manchester, Room S42, Second Floor, Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
2NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Wessex, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 67, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
3NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester, Centre for Primary Care, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
4Centre for Primary Care, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
5Research Institute, Primary Care and Health Sciences and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK

Received 2 June 2015; Accepted 14 June 2015

Academic Editor: Nitin Gupta

Copyright © 2016 Neesha R. Patel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Diabetes is disproportionately high among British South Asians compared to the general UK population. Whilst the migrant British South Asians group has received most attention on research related to diabetes management, little consideration has been given to impact of travel back to the East. This study aimed to explore the role of social networks and beliefs about diabetes in British South Asians, to better understand their management behaviours whilst holidaying in the East. Methods. Semistructured interviews were conducted in Greater Manchester. Forty-four participants were recruited using random and purposive sampling techniques. Interviews were analysed thematically using a constant comparison approach. Results. Migrant British South Asians expressed a strong preference to be in a hot climate; they felt they had a healthier lifestyle in the East and often altered or abandoned their diabetes medication. Information acquisition on diabetes and availability of social networks in the East was valued. Conclusion. Social networks in the East are a valued source of information and support for diabetes. The lack of adherence to medication whilst abroad suggests that some migrant British South Asians have a poor understanding of diabetes. Future research needs to explore whether patients are seeking professional advice on diabetes management prior to their extended holiday.