A culturally sensitive, intensive diabetes education service is being delivered in the community to people of ethnic-minority origin living with type 2 diabetes in Lothian, Scotland. Designed by a pharmacist, the initiative began as a research project, but the effectiveness and popularity of the programme resulted in its development and implementation as part of the local diabetes care package. The programme was recently awarded the Novo Nordisk DAWN Award 2006 for its contribution to reducing health disparities in minority populations with diabetes and its potential for inspiring similar activities in other countries. Lubna Kerr reports.
ethnic minorities, education, barriers, cookery, psychosocial issues