Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1006–1013 | Cite as

Knowledge, Perceptions, and Experiences of Dominicans with Diabetes

  • Judith Aponte
  • Carla Boutin-Foster
  • Robinson Alcantara
Original Paper


Dominicans, one of the fastest growing Hispanic subgroups in New York City (NYC), have a high rate of diabetes. A qualitative study exploring Dominicans’ knowledge, perceptions, and experiences in managing their diabetes was conducted. There were a total of 40 participants who were Spanish speaking Dominicans, 40–74 years of age, diagnosed with diabetes and NYC residents. Four focus groups were conducted in Spanish, which were recorded and then transcribed into English. Content analysis was used to analyze the text of the focus groups. Different themes emerged from the data, with apparent gaps in diabetes knowledge and of awareness of risk for diabetes complications.


Diabetes Dominicans Focus groups Hispanics 



A special thank you is given to Mrs. Carol Weeks and her staff for their assistance and support in conducting this study. Also a thank you to Ms. Brenda Figueroa for her patience and diligence in working so efficiently in assisting in the execution of this study. This study investigation was supported by Grant no. UL1RR024996 of the Clinical and Translational Science Center at Weill Cornell Medical College. Drs. Judith Aponte and Carla Boutin-Foster are also supported by the Center for Excellence in Health Disparities Research and Community Engagement (CEDREC) NIMHD P60 MD003421-02.

Conflict of interest

The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Aponte
    • 1
  • Carla Boutin-Foster
    • 2
  • Robinson Alcantara
    • 3
  1. 1.Hunter-Bellevue School of NursingHunter College, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences ResearchWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Dyckman Clinica De Las AmericasRenaissance Health Care Network Diagnostic & Treatment CenterNew YorkUSA

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