A Brief Note On Diabetes And Pregnancy Among First Nations Women By Oster, Mayan, And Toth

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1. When reviewing “Diabetes in pregnancy among First Nations women” by Oster, Mayan, and Toth (2014) for its relevance to nursing/healthcare, the purpose of the study, research questions, and significance were made very clear. The purpose of the study was to acquire a deeper understanding of the perspectives held by First Nations women with the intention of discovering more culturally appropriate interventions to prevent and treat diabetes in pregnancy among this group (Oster, Mayan, & Toth, 2014). The study is relevant to nursing in that its questions focus on the Aboriginal woman’s lived experience of diabetes in pregnancy and what she believes contributes to a healthy pregnancy (Oster et al., 2014). At the core of nursing care is…show more content…
By implementing a person-centered approach to care, healthcare providers such as nurses can work with First Nations women who are pregnant to help them acquire the knowledge necessary to manage their diabetes and to connect traditional and mainstream health practices that will support these women to make positive lifestyle changes in attempt to control their diabetes throughout pregnancy (Oster et al., 2014).
2. After examining the literature review within Oster et al. (2014), both strengths and weaknesses were observed. Quantitative research was used to explain the inherent difference in health status among First Nations and non-First Nations populations. A measured decrease in the age of diabetes diagnosis and higher fertility rates among First Nations individuals (Oster et al., 2014) alluded to the urgency of exploring effective care options for pregnant Aboriginal women with diabetes in order to mitigate the growing “epidemic” (p. 1469). The qualitative studies used were also significant as they identified a disconnect between traditional and Western views to be explored and bridged in attempt to deliver effective Type two diabetes health care to First Nations people (Oster et al, 2014). Referencing quantitative and qualitative studies to demonstrate the importance of identifying culturally appropriate Type two diabetes care for First Nations women who are pregnant could be seen as a major strength of the
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