Integrating psycho-social issues into national diabetes programmes

It is widely agreed that people with diabetes can lead a 'normal' life. Like people who do not have the condition, people with diabetes can function fully in family, workplace, and community settings. However, it is also accepted that diabetes self-care is complex and demanding. Being obliged to balance food intake and exercise against medication, self-administer injections, and self-test blood for glucose levels is not 'normal'. The demands of diabetes self-management can impact negatively on the psychological status of people with the condition. In this article, Ruth Colagiuri argues that psycho-social problems should be acknowledged as a complication of diabetes. The author suggests that psychological problems should be identified and managed in the same way physical diabetes-related health is managed.
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psycho-social care, DAWN, national diabetes programmes, Australian National Diabetes Strategy and Implementation Plan, National Diabetes Programmes Toolbox