Research on the Diabetes Talking Circles
Study shows success of this culturally appropriate diabetes intervention
The Diabetes Talking Circles Research was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research through a joint partnership with the Center for American Indian Research & Education (then at the University of Minnesota, and now at the University of California at Los Angeles) and Seva's Native American Diabetes Wellness Program.
The research was conducted during a four-year period from 1998 to 2002. Diabetes Talking Circles were tested as a culturally appropriate tool to increase knowledge of diabetes, how it is treated, and nutrition and activity/exercise as part of diabetes prevention and treatment. The study also measured the extent that new knowledge resulted in Talking Circle participants adopting behavior changes that improved wellness.
The four-year research and education intervention was conducted among Native American adults living with diabetes or at-risk for diabetes across four Northern Plains reservations: the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska; and the Yankton Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, and Pine Ridge reservations in South Dakota.
The results clearly demonstrated a successful culturally appropriate intervention at the four reservations. Statistically significant changes were observed in several areas:
Culturally Appropriate Interventions