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Faith centre screening and lifestyle interventions to prevent Type 2 diabetes

Community faith centre-based screening and lifestyle interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review

What we are doing:

We are collecting and synthesising data from previously published studies reporting health interventions which are based on elements of faith, or are delivered in community faith settings such as Hindu Temples, Mosques, Sikh Gurduwaras and Black churches. 

Why we are doing it:

By analysing data relating to effectiveness (in preventing cardio metabolic diseases) and elements of process evaluation, we will have a better understanding of the factors that lead to the successful development and implementation of faith-based or faith-placed health interventions. 

What the benefits will be:

The knowledge gained from carrying out this review will allow us to integrate elements of faith into existing evidence-based health interventions and inform the delivery of health interventions in local community and faith centres. 

Who we are working with:

We have a multidisciplinary team of researchers with experience of developing public health interventions and delivery in community and faith settings. We have convened a stakeholder working group to work alongside the research team. The group is made up of faith and community leaders from across Leicester and has provided input which has shaped the inclusion criteria and selection of outcomes for the review. We have plans to diversify our stakeholder group to include public health professionals and research staff to help shape our dissemination strategy and the co-production of resources informed by our findings. 

Study lead:

Name: Dr Andy Willis

Role: Research Associate

Organisation: Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health, University of Leicester


Dr Andy Willis,

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