The need for tact, openness and honesty when talking about complications

Discussing the sensitive issue of long-term complications is difficult for people with diabetes and the healthcare providers who work with them. Consequently, this area of diabetes management is often not handled well. In some situations, healthcare providers are reluctant to impose 'unpleasant' information on people who might be struggling to cope with diabetes; in others, the potential risk of developing complications might be used as a threat in an attempt to scare people into following medical advice. In this article, Margaret McGill argues that neither of these approaches is acceptable, and considers the role and responsibilities of healthcare providers when offering diabetes information to people with the condition.
diabetes education, diabetes complications, eyes, feet, kidneys, cardiovascular health, young people