• Tang, Tricia S.

    Titles

    Affiliate Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations

    PhD, R. Psych

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    Phone
    604-875-4111 (ext. 63449)
    Fax
    604-875-4886
    Lab Phone
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    Indu Dharni
    Assistant Phone
    778-866-3100
    Mailing Address
    BC Children's Hospital
    Room 10211
    2775 Laurel Street, 10th Floor

    Vancouver, BC V5Z1M9

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    Research Areas
    • Diabetes prevention and control in high risk and medically underserved communities

    • Peer support models for long-term diabetes self-mangement

    • Community-based interventions

    Summary

    My program of research focuses on diabetes prevention and control in ethnic minority, high risk, and medically underserved communities.  Overwhelming evidence has demonstrated that participation in self-management interventions lead to improved diabetes-related health and psychosocial outcomes. However, in the absence of ongoing, long-term support, these improvements are short-lived (less than 6 months). My research team develops, implements, and evaluates sustainable and capacity building models to promote lifelong diabetes self-management efforts.  Over the past 10 years, we have been investigating peer support as a promising model to improve diabetes care in economically disadvantaged or marginalized communities. These communities include African American and Latino adults in Detroit Michigan and South Asian adults in Vancouver, British Columbia.  We have also initiated a peer support study recruiting newly diagnosed and complex patients from tertiary care settings. By drawing on community-based resources such as peer support, it is possible to implement diabetes prevention and self-management interventions in a cost-effective and practical way that can potentially lead to clinical and psychosocial benefits particularly for high risk and low-resource communities.

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