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Title: Understanding health beliefs and lifestyle practices in relation to social support in the Pakistani community, West Midlands, UK
Author: Kokab, Farina
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 6077
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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South Asians, specifically Pakistanis, living in areas of socio-economic deprivation across the UK, have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The purpose of this research was to explore how social networks function as a source of support and information (social capital) in creating lifestyles associated with CVD prevention in a migrant, minority-ethnic Pakistani population. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were carried out using an interview guide and the convoy model diagram to elicit participant’s responses on social networks, community interactions and lifestyle choices (diet and exercise). A total of 42 participants across three migrant generations, diverse educational and occupational backgrounds, men and women aged 18 years and above participated. Framework analysis was used to analyse transcripts and organise codes, themes and categories. Findings distinguished a diverse narrative amongst men and women with regards to making lifestyle choices and gaining access to social support within or outside of the Pakistani community. Conclusively, engagement beyond familiar community contexts could provide greater or novel sources of support and information for pursuing (at times) non-traditional, healthier lifestyles. Understanding shifting perceptions of health in relation to religion, culture and ethnic-identity could provide primary care practitioners with a better understanding of how to treat high-risk patients.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HT Communities. Classes. Races ; RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine