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How Foods Affect Blood Sugar: A Guide for Vietnamese Patients with Diabetes

Author(s): Elizabeth Aong, MPH, RD
Reviewer(s): Kim Lundgreen; Lorren Negrin, RD; Iwona Steplewska, RD; J. Carey Jackson, MD
Contributor(s): Translation done by Swedish Hospital’s Interpreter Services Department, Seattle under the direction of Kathleen To, with contributions by Harborview Medical Center’s Interpreter Services Department.
Date Authored: August 22, 2014
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(108 pages PDF with table of contents) This bilingual presentation is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about carbohydrates and blood glucose. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Vietnamese Americans and includes photos of foods, meal comparisons, and portion sizes.

This presentation is intended to be used by clinicians during discussions with patients about carbohydrates and blood glucose. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Vietnamese Americans.

Background:

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) physician, Dr. Carey Jackson, identified a need for a visual reference tool during conversations about diet with diabetic patients. Author Elizabeth Aong created this tool to fulfill practicum requirements for the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences. The project was coordinated by EthnoMed.org’s student-author program, Contribution Pathways.

Methods:

Resources for this project were provided by Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Dr. Carey Jackson served as clinical advisor. Meetings were held with dietitians and primary care providers who work with Vietnamese patients. Time was spent with HMC’s Vietnamese caseworker / cultural mediator Kim Lundgreen to learn about Vietnamese food and visit Vietnamese delis and grocery stores in the Seattle area. A literature review on nutrition, diabetes, and cross cultural care was conducted prior to the initiation of this project.