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Invited Commentary
October 26, 2009

The Interdisciplinary Approach to Culturally Tailored Medical Care: “Social Networking” for Decreasing Risk: Comment on “The Effects of a Nurse Case Manager and and a Community Health Worker Team on Diabetic Control, Emergency Department Visits, and Hospitalizations Among Urban African Americans With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Controlled Trial” and “Trial of Family and Friend Support for Weight Loss in African American Adults”

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(19):1804-1805. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.356

The prevalence of obesity and diabetes mellitus continues to increase in the United States. Minority populations are disproportionately affected by obesity, with studies showing increased prevalence in the African American community.1,2 Obesity and the associated complications that can result, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are one of the most troublesome and challenging issues in this population.

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