ERIC Number: ED455051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Creating an Academic and Rural Community Network To Improve Diabetes Care.
Smith, Carol A.; Kennedy, Diane M.; Lahoz, Monina Rasay; Hislop, David A.; Erkel, Elizabeth E.
The South Carolina Rural Interdisciplinary Program in Training (SCRIPT) provides practical educational experiences for students from multiple health care majors in rural communities in the Low Country (Southern region) of South Carolina. Faculty from the Medical University of South Carolina joined with staff from the Low Country Area Health Education Center to plan and present coursework in a 5-week intensive summer session. South Carolina has the nation's second highest rate of diabetes, and high rates of complications are very prevalent in the Low Country. SCRIPT students were linked with The Diabetes Connection, a Hampton County project to determine the effects of a community diabetes screening and education project on screening participants. Teams of SCRIPT students developed and conducted a telephone survey of screening participants. Of 39 respondents, almost all had continued medical care and had modified their diet, about half had made some changes in their physical activity, but most had neglected foot care and eye followup. The most important motivator for changing behaviors was support from family and friends, while barriers to controlling diabetes included lack of support, lack of funds, and feelings of isolation. As a result of the SCRIPT survey, The Diabetes Connection developed a diabetic support and education group, cooking classes, a walking program, and yearly screening events. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities (II). Proceedings of the International Conference [on] Rural Communities & Identities in the Global Millennium (Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, May 1-5, 2000); see RC 023 040.