Publication Date

5-1-2004

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Marian K. Yoder

Second Advisor

Karen Ketner

Abstract

This was a non-experimental quantitative study using survey method to assess diabetic knowledge of 102 adult Vietnamese immigrants. The Health Belief Model provided the theoretical framework, and the 24-item diabetes knowledge questionnaire was adopted from the Starr County Texas study to use for this study. Data were categorized and analyzed using descriptive methods such as frequency and percentage. The findings indicated that lack of knowledge about diabetes was a significant issue among the Vietnamese immigrant population. Health care providers should develop an appropriate cultural educational program about diabetes to help the Vietnamese population to detect diabetes early and to control diabetes effectively.

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