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Diabetes Disparities & Limited English Proficiency Research                 

Posting expires on 12/01/2021

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University of MInnesota - Twin Cities

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This opportunity does not have a stipend.

We are looking for students and/or residents fluent in Somali or in Spanish to help with remote recruitment and surveying (phone, web-based) of participants with diabetes to understand how perceived treatment burden influences diabetes self-management and glycemic control. This includes opportunities for literature review and manuscript writing. Even a 1 or 2-month block of time available may be feasible.

Immigrant populations carry the greatest burden of T2DM, risk low health literacy and poor care access, experience lower-quality diabetes care, and suffer worse outcomes. Dr. Rogers's current work in this area is limited to primarily English speakers in its assessment of the patient experience of treatment burden, a major gap for intervention development aimed at the safety net where the majority of limited English proficiency (LEP) patients receive care. The objective of the proposed work is to expand upon her current work by focusing on treatment burden in Spanish- and Somali-speaking patients. This proposal will characterize the role of treatment burden in diabetes self-management and optimal diabetes care for LEP patients.

Aim 1: Translate and validate the Patient Experience with Treatment and Self-management (PETS) questionnaire in both Spanish and Somali. Extending upon previous work validating the PETS, a measure of the patient experience of treatment burden, we will translate the PETS into Spanish and Somali using established best practices. We will then validate the PETS questionnaire in both Spanish and Somali, pooling this data with the original PETS validation data from English-proficient (EP) participants to explore potential predictive validity of the PETS across populations. Hypothesis: The PETS questionnaire will be a valid instrument for measuring patient-perceived treatment burden in both Spanish and Somali languages.

Aim 2: Determine the association between patient-perceived treatment burden and glycemic control among LEP patients with diabetes. Aiming to help explain the known relationship between LEP and poorer glycemic control, we will use multivariate linear regression modeling to determine the association between PETS domains and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), adjusting for known mediators. Hypothesis: Higher treatment burden will be associated with poorer glycemic control among LEP patients with diabetes.

If interested, please email a brief summary of why as well as a CV/resume to Dr. Elizabeth Rogers at

Posted on 01/15/2021