The burden of diabetes has increased dramatically in most developed countries and in many developing countries. People’s perceptions and knowledge about their diabetes, as well as other psychological factors, are important predictors for the success of diabetes self-management. Indonesia’s population of more than 240 million people faces a wide range of health problems – both communicable and non-communicable diseases – which are placing a huge burden on the country’s healthcare sector.
A major challenge lies in allocating health budgets efficiently to provide optimum-quality social welfare. The costs provoked by diabetes complications are particularly high. The author of this article describes some of the issues underpinning cost-effective diabetes self-management education.