Participation of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Technology-Based Interventions to Self-Manage Type 2 Diabetes: A Scoping Review

Myoungock Jang, Constance M. Johnson, Gail D’Eramo-Melkus, Allison A. Vorderstrasse

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Purpose: Strategies to decrease societal and cultural barriers for ethnic minorities to participate in health research are well established. However, limited data are available regarding participation of ethnic minorities in mobile and Internet technology–based interventions to self-manage type 2 diabetes where health disparities are predominant. Thus, the purpose was to understand the participation of ethnic minorities in technology-based intervention programs to manage type 2 diabetes. Design/Method: A scoping review was used to review a total of 21 intervention studies containing participant information about ethnic minorities and one qualitative study discussing participation of ethnic minorities. Findings: There was limited enrollment and participation of ethnic minorities. Technological barriers in addition to existing societal and cultural barriers were identified. Strategies to decrease the barriers were recommended. Conclusions: Technological barriers were identified on top of the societal and cultural barriers in traditional interventions. Further research to reduce the barriers is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-307
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018



  • barriers and strategies
  • racial and ethnic minorities
  • technology-based intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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