Research Project

Fostering Awareness and Management in Latinx Individuals with Innovations in Technology and Access to Diabetes Care

Research Team

Lead Researchers:

  • Dr. Joo Kim

Collaborators:

    Student Team:

    • Gladdys Salazar
    • Serbin Cruzada
    • Axel Delgado
    • Christian Bedolla
    • Abbey Fischer
    • Jacob Slorzano

    Funding

    • Funding Organization: Medtronic
    • Funding Program:

    Abstract

    The backdrop of the study on Breaking Down Barriers to Diabetic Monitoring Technology, encompassing glucose monitors/continuous glucose monitors and insulin pump therapy/insulin pumps within Latinx Communities, involves a pressing need for improved access and utilization of these technologies. The Latinx population faces significant challenges in effectively adopting and benefiting from diabetic monitoring devices due to various barriers. These barriers might include limited access to healthcare resources, language barriers, cultural differences, financial constraints, and inadequate education about the benefits of these advanced monitoring technologies. Understanding and addressing these obstacles are essential steps toward enhancing the integration and usage of glucose monitoring and insulin pump therapy among Latinx individuals managing diabetes. This study aims to delve deeper into these barriers, identify solutions, and foster improved adoption of diabetic monitoring technology within the Latinx community.

    Motivation/Research Problem

    Research Questions and Research Objectives

    Primary Objectives

    1. Identify and analyze the multifaceted barriers that hinder the adoption and usage of diabetic monitoring technology including glucose monitor/continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump therapy/insulin pump technology among Latinx groups.
    2. Engage with targeted Latinx communities to understand their unique needs, perspectives, and cultural considerations.
    3. Develop an intervention to shift perspectives and behaviors within Latinx communities, encouraging the adoption of technology for diabetes monitoring including glucose monitor/continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump therapy/insulin pump technology.

    Specific Research Questions

    1. What are the primary barriers that hinder the adoption and usage of diabetic monitoring technology in Latinx communities?
    2. How do cultural and community-specific factors impact the utilization of diabetic monitoring technology including glucose monitors/continuous glucose monitors and insulin pump therapy/insulin pumps?
    3. What strategies and interventions can be developed to address these barriers and promote equitable utilization of diabetic monitoring technology including glucose monitors/continuous glucose monitors and insulin pump therapy/insulin pumps within Latinx communities?
    4. How can we develop an effective intervention to change perspectives and behavior within Latinx communities, promoting the adoption of technology for diabetes monitoring including glucose monitors/continuous glucose monitors and insulin pump therapy/insulin pumps?
    Research Methods

    Methodology

    Research Design

    This research will utilize qualitative interviews. This comprehensive approach will enable a thorough exploration of the challenges and opportunities related to diabetic monitoring technology utilization among minority communities.

    Sampling

    The target population for this research comprises individuals from Latinx communities. The sampling strategy will be designed to ensure representation and accessibility. Recruitment processes will be carried out with cultural sensitivity and community engagement in mind.

    Data Collection

    Data will be collected through:

    Qualitative interviews to explore personal experiences and attitudes.

    Data collection procedures will adhere to ethical standards and privacy regulations, and efforts will be made to engage with participants in a culturally sensitive manner.

    Data Analysis

    Qualitative Analysis

    For qualitative data collected through interviews, thematic analysis will be employed. Coding processes and theme development will be carried out with reference to theoretical frameworks.

    Integration of Data

    Data integration will allow for a comprehensive understanding of the barriers identified through both quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

    Research Results and Deliverables

    Expected Outcomes

    Anticipated findings include a detailed understanding of the specific barriers that hinder the use of diabetic monitoring technology (glucose monitors/continuous glucose monitors and insulin pump therapy/insulin pumps) within Latinx communities. This will provide data-driven insights into disparities in access and utilization, which can be used to generate actionable policy recommendations and intervention strategies.

    Conclusion and Future Steps

    In conclusion, this research project, driven by the Social Cognitive Theory and the Theory of Planned Behavior, aims to identify and address barriers to the utilization of diabetic monitoring technology ((glucose monitors/continuous glucose monitors and insulin pump therapy/insulin pumps) in Latinx communities. It aims to reduce health disparities and promote equitable utilization of this technology, thereby improving health outcomes within Latinx communities.

    Research Timeline

    Start Date: October 23
    End Date: September 24

    Research Team

    Lead Researchers:

    • Dr. Joo Kim

    Collaborators:

      Student Team:

      • Gladdys Salazar
      • Serbin Cruzada
      • Axel Delgado
      • Christian Bedolla
      • Abbey Fischer
      • Jacob Slorzano

      Funding

      • Funding Organization: Medtronic
      • Funding Program: