Access to Group-based Diabetes Education among Ethnic Minorities

​Fewer ethnic minorities from non-Western countries attend and complete diabetes education compared with the general population. This project investigates the relationship between access to diabetes education and social relations.

This project investigates which mechanism that affect ethnic minorities’ access to diabetes education using quantitative and qualitative methods. Specifically, how social relations enable and/or hinder access (in terms of participation, retention and gained benefits) to diabetes education.


The aim of this project is to explore what characterises those who decline and accept participation in diabetes education in relation to social relations and social support and diabetes burden in the family. The following research questions is addressed:

  1. Is household composition associated with attendance and retainment in diabetes education among ethnic minorities and the general population?
  2. How do ethnic minorities’ social relations influence access to group-based diabetes education?
  3. How do family members of ethnic minorities experience a relative’s participation in group-based diabetes education and what are their perspectives on supporting relatives in accessing diabetes education?
  4. Does participation in group-based diabetes education have any implications on ethnic minorities’ perceived social relations and how does it influence retention and benefits?

The results will inspire future methods to increase and ease ethnic minorities from non-Western countries’ participation and retention in diabetes education programmes.


Center for Diabetes in Copenhagen.
University of Copenhagen.

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