Creighton to Assess Use of Talking Circles for Diabetes

The Creighton University School of Nursing has been awarded a $207,000 two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study diabetes type II among adult members of two tribes, according to a University press release.

Researchers will work closely with members of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to analyze whether Talking Circles aid American Indians in self-managing and controlling their diabetes.

“We believe that using culturally appropriate Talking Circles will result in better adherence and outcomes for diabetes management by American Indians than diabetes education in a classroom setting,” principal investigator Marlene Wilken said in the release.

For the study, 20 individuals from the Omaha Tribe will make up the experimental group. They will receive the culturally appropriate Talking Circles intervention. Twenty participants from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe will serve as the control group and receive diabetes education in a regular classroom setting. This process will be repeated the second year.

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