Frequently Asked Questions - Rosa's Story
What is Rosa’s Story?Rosa’s Story is an audio-novella developed as an educational tool to offer diabetes information to Latinos with type 2 diabetes. Using brief, conversational stories, Rosa’s Story conveys important messages about diagnosis, prevention, blood glucose control, nutrition, medications, exercise and coping with the emotional aspects of diabetes. The diabetes information presented in the audio is complemented by an accompanying handbook for the patient or listener that provides more details about managing diabetes.
Why do you use audio and printed materials in Rosa’s Story?Rosa’s Story was developed based on the findings of a comprehensive clinical research study that assessed educational preferences within the Latino community. This study concluded that Latinos/Hispanics with type 2 diabetes who were exposed to a combination of written and audio materials utilizing a story-telling method, developed for this particular population, were more likely than those exposed to traditional printed education materials to recall general information about diabetes self-care practices and to implement behavioral changes.
In which languages is Rosa’s Story available?The patient handbook and CDs are available in English and Spanish. The facilitator’s guide is available in English.
What are the components of Rosa’s Story?Rosa’s Story includes a patient handbook, with 3 audio CDs that are available in either English or in Spanish. A facilitator’s guide is available in English.
What is the duration of the story?Rosa’s Story is about 200 minutes long and is divided into 6 chapters. The chapters range from 25-45 minutes in length. The accompanying patient handbook has 44 pages divided into 6 chapters.
Are all the chapters about Rosa?The first five chapters are about Rosa and her life with diabetes. The sixth chapter is about pre-diabetes and focuses on 18-year-old Carolina, who describes her personal experiences with pre-diabetes. Yes, it can be used for individual or group education. It is important that educators using Rosa’s Story help participants choose goal(s) that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive. Progress toward achieving their goals should be measured at follow-up appointments.
Are there step-by-step instructions on how to use Rosa’s Story?No, the facilitator’s guide provides information and suggestions about how to use Rosa’s Story, but each diabetes educator should adapt this educational material to fit in their practice.
Does Rosa’s Story replace diabetes education visits?No, Rosa’s Story does not replace visiting a diabetes educator or other healthcare providers.
How can I order Rosa’s Story?Rosa’s Story is available at the Joslin on-line store (www.joslin.org/store).
Page last updated: April 21, 2019