Towards a Person-Centered Healthcare System: Experience, Voice and Needs of People Living with Type 2 Diabetes Among the Black Sub-Saharan African Communities in the UK
This study presents the narratives from 22 BsSA living with type 2 diabetes and 10 healthcare providers. The findings suggest that the experiences, perceptions and treatment goals vary among the BsSA communities. People seek treatment approaches that they trust and found to be liveable, manageable and efficient. Thus, they develop systems of self-management and healing suitable for their beliefs, values and personal priorities. Self-management play a significant role in the overall management of type 2 diabetes because it directly contributes to the effectiveness of other biomedical treatments and management measures. The study sheds light on the cultural strengths and synergic roles of people’s narratives in their healing process in achieving optimal health outcomes. Developing engagement tools that are firmly grounded in individual perspectives, experience and identity could facilitate the development of culturally appropriate interventions to modify beliefs and support management behaviours among these communities.