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Bid to improve diabetes services for South Asians in Britain

er people to interpret, so they left the doctors' consulting rooms with many questions unanswered," said Dr Lawton.

The project will now be followed by a qualitative study of 20 South Asians with Type II diabetes, where a bilingual researcher will interview and observe patients and doctors before, during and after consultations. Results of the study will provide guidance on the use of interpreters in future consultations.

Both projects are funded by the Chief Scientist Office.

o 5% of the annual NHS budget is spent on caring for people with diabetic complications and this figure is set to rise.


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Contact: Linda Menzies
Linda.Menzies@ed.ac.uk
44-131-650-6382
University of Edinburgh
15-Jul-2005


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