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Faith, Beliefs, and Not Claiming Disease: An African American Woman's Story of Diabetes and Coronary Symptoms

McKenzie, Carolyn; Skelly, Anne H.

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000065
JCN Online Extra: online only/research

ABSTRACT: Diabetes affects more African American (AA) women and disease outcomes are more severe than in other ethnic groups. Faith and beliefs often play a significant role in AA women's lives and management of disease. This study shares the experience of an African American, female, Methodist pastor who faced health, spiritual, and life challenges related to diabetes. Her narrative offers rich information to healthcare providers for improving caring practices. Specific implications for practice are offered to help patients deal with the challenges of diabetes self-management.

In Brief

Diabetes affects more African American women and outcomes are more severe than in other ethnic groups. An African American woman's experience with diabetes offers insights to improve care. Don't miss “Caring Suggestions to Help Patients With Challenges of Diabetes Self-Management.”

Author Information

Carolyn McKenzie, PhD, RN, CNL, Clinical Associate Professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing has studied African American women's diabetes and health-related beliefs for over 10 years. She is interested in the relationships of faith and healthcare.

Anne H. Skelly, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN, Professor Emerita, at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has published numerous articles based on studies about elderly AA women and diabetes symptoms. Dr. Skelly integrated church-based activities into her diabetes intervention studies.

Accepted by peer review 5/22/2013.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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