Peer support in diabetes management - time for a change

Diabetes management involves more than just medical treatment (healthcare providers prescribing insulins and other medications to people with the condition in order to avoid or postpone diabetes complications); it is far more complex. People with diabetes are required to take responsibility, with the help of professional educators, for the day-to-day management of their condition. A major challenge inherent in diabetes management is striving to become a fully participating, active, productive member of society. Importantly, healthcare systems are not able to address this issue or the major societal obstacles to diabetes management, such as diabetes-related discrimination in the school or workplace. This article provides an update on the World Health Organization’s ‘Peer support programmes in diabetes’, a report based on a meeting of representatives from 25 countries, at which some concrete conclusions were reached and recommendations made.
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peer support, education, WHO