People with diabetes deliver most of their own care. This reflects the observation that diabetes and its associated features touch on most aspects of daily living, and aspects as fundamental as eating and physical activity. To deliver such care requires knowledge, but even with knowledge it may not be easy to adjust to optimal self-care. This makes patient education a complex therapeutic issue. The all-encompassing nature of diabetes self-management also implies good mental well-being if the changes in daily living are to be maintained and optimized, and, indeed, this is difficult if psychological problems intervene. Education and psychological care are thus key aspects of diabetes care.
education, psychological care, evidence, accessibility, mental health