Perceptions of health and their relationship to symptoms in African American women with type 2 diabetes.

Journal Article

Diabetes mellitus is an incurable disease and a major cause of mortality and morbidity. Diabetes disproportionately affects members of minorities who suffer from higher rates of complications and greater disability (Cowie & Eberhardt, 1996). The purpose of this study was to (a) describe the symptoms of African American women with Type 2 diabetes and examine the relationship among diabetes-related symptoms; (b) document complications of diabetes and perceptions of health and functioning; and (c) examine the relationship between duration of diabetes and age at diagnosis and perceived health. A convenience sample of 75 African American women with Type 2 diabetes were interviewed. A 44-item questionnaire measured selected demographic variables, symptoms, documented complications, and their perceived relationship to diabetes. The SF-20 was used to measure perceptions of health status. Data show that African American women with Type 2 diabetes have a wide variety of symptoms and poor perceptions of their general health and physical functioning.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stover, JC; Skelly, AH; Holditch-Davis, D; Dunn, PF

Published Date

  • May 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 72 - 80

PubMed ID

  • 11319702

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11319702

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8201

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0897-1897

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/apnr.2001.22372


  • eng