UK born South Asians have distinct asthma experiences compared to other ethnicities including poorer asthma outcomes, higher hospital admissions, risk of rehospitalisation and higher death rates. One important approach in addressing this inequality is to identify and implement culturally relevant and effective asthma self-management interventions, which is explicitly recommended in asthma clinical guidelines. Yet, implementation of self-management in routine clinical care is typically poor.
Using the East London South Asian population as an exemplar, the project aims to explore how culturally relevant asthma self-management interventions need to be tailored, developed and tested for the South Asian population. The project compromises of 4 stages as detailed below:
Whilst the following is the proposed outline for study 3 and 4, as the project progresses these will be refined through various stages of research:
A specified output will be a culturally tailored asthma intervention for the South Asian community. More widely research will inform the generic process of developing culturally relevant interventions for other chronic illness and healthcare services.
Alongside my PhD, I am a Trainee Health Psychologist with the British Psychological Society which will lead to becoming a Chartered Health Psychologist.
My research interests include health psychology, culture and health, complementary/alternative medicines, health-seeking behaviours, health promotions, community outreach, self-management of chronic illnesses, criminology/crimes of the powerful and mixed methods research.
Research activity (conferences, congress, annual scientific meeting)
Funded by Asthma UK