Diabetes is mostly managed by people with the condition. In order to do so effectively, people with diabetes need to acquire and develop a broad base of knowledge and skills, and incorporate lifestyle choices into daily living which facilitate and enhance self-care. Diabetes education is an active process that supports people in building self-management skills, and provides for shared decision making about how best to fit diabetes treatment into daily life. The authors describe some of the ways in which education can meet the many complex challenges involved in the effective self-management of diabetes.
diabetes education, self-management, patient education, therapeutic patient education, psychosocial issues