Diabetes management / consultation skills in South Asian population at point of diagnosis and how to focus on prevention for high risk diabetes

Author(s): Reena Patel

Working in Leicester due to it having a very diverse multiple culture patient population; it requires a unique skill and understanding of both social and psychological factors. We are now seeing an increase in type 2 diabetes in young patients and high risk patients.

However, when young patients come from a south Asian background we have to be mindful that most will be from a first or second generation born and brought up in the UK and their needs may be different.

Working in practices with the South Asian Population where English is not their first language can also be a factor, where providing information alone is not enough. Within the consultation it is vital that the patients understand enough information to put things in practice.