Mindfulness-based interventions for diabetes treatment and prevention in South Asian young adults

Noordali, Farhan (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions for diabetes treatment and prevention in South Asian young adults. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis addressed gaps in the literature regarding the effects of Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and sought to investigate the acceptability and feasibility of an MBI for a group at high risk for T2D, South Asians. A mixed-methods approach was utilised to produce four studies: 1) a systematic review evaluating the psychological and physiological effects of MBIs applied to T2D; 2) a modelling phase to gauge interest in, and cultural considerations for, a modified MBI for young adult South Asians as a diabetes prevention strategy; 3) an examination of the acceptability and feasibility of a modified MBI; and 4) a comparison of the perceived and objective effects of the modified MBI. The review found evidence for psychological benefits and mixed results for physiological effects. The modelling phase indicated that Mindfulness is acceptable to young South Asians pending minor adaptations. The subsequent feasibility study found the modified MBI to be acceptable and feasible, warranting a future full-scale trial. Across these studies, Mindfulness bore psychological benefits, and to a lesser degree physiological and behavioural benefits. The final study’s triangulation approach (using quantitative and qualitative methods) suggests the intervention has a potential positive impact on stress, anxiety, energy levels, emotional wellbeing, and systolic blood pressure in this sample.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Funders: Other
Other Funders: The University of Birmingham
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/8141


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