Stories of Diagnosis From Rural Blacks With Diabetes

Diabetes has a disproportionate impact on people of color, including Black Americans. An understanding of the perspectives of rural Blacks is needed to design effective programs of diabetes care. The purpose of this study was to examine the experience of being diagnosed with diabetes as described by rural Blacks. This descriptive, exploratory study conducted gender-separated focus groups in 3 rural communities to capture diagnosis perspectives. Findings may be useful to healthcare professionals providing diabetes care to rural Blacks. Participants could describe events surrounding diagnosis with clarity. For many, the diagnosis was not an emotional and/or surprising experience. Participants commonly used expressive or figurative language to relate their stories of diagnosis, and gender differences were noted. Descriptions of diagnosis revealed valuable infor-mation about participants' perceptions of their diabetes.