Patient-centred care


Shaping the Future of Diabetes Prevention and Education

As the new chair of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint programme of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am excited about the opportunity to work with NDEP in its mission to improve diabetes treatment and outcomes, promote early diagnosis, and help people prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Defining roles and improving outcomes in person-centred care

The Education and Integrated Care Stream scheduled for the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) World Diabetes Congress Vancouver 2015 will consist of a group of sessions in different formats and will attempt to answer the question “How can people with diabetes effectively manage their own care and what is the role of healthcare professionals?”

Health coaching increases self-esteem and healthy smiles

Promoting oral health is essential in order to prevent and reduce the negative consequences of type 2 diabetes and to maintain good health.1 Tragically, periodontal disease significantly contributes to the risk of dying from diabetes.

DAWN2 study highlights importance of active involvement, engagement and education of people with diabetes

Self-management support and diabetes education is essential for people with diabetes to actively engage in effective diabetes self-management. People with diabetes who feel capable of self-managing their diabetes have the opportunity to live better lives with diabetes, get more support and to better utilize the health care system.


DAWN2 study results: provision of quality team-based and individualized diabetes care

Modern diabetes care demands the comprehensive knowledge of multiple medical, nursing and paramedical specialties and is ideally delivered by a coordinated team of experts. This care should be provided in an individualized or person-centred manner to improve its acceptability as well as its effectiveness. Diabetes care is constantly evolving, hopefully for the better.

In the spirit of patient centeredness

Angus Forbes

Are the latest treatment innovations enough for people living with diabetes in the 21st century? How can the medical profession utilise current technologies and treatment innovations without losing touch with patient values and the power of compassion and insight?

Taking the benefits of DAFNE to the UK and beyond

Two English diabetologists were among an international audience while Michael Berger told it to throw away the diet from the therapeutic approach

D-START: supporting innovative translational research projects in developing countries

In the three years since its inception and after two initial rounds of funding, the International Diabetes Federation’s BRIDGES programme has become one of the principal funding initiatives in diabetes worldwide. With the recent announcement of its third round of funding, BRIDGES has consolidated its position in the fast-developing and innovative sector of translational research.

Inpatient care for people with diabetes - bringing good practice into hospital

People with diabetes occupy a significant proportion of hospital beds – about 10% in the UK, although this may be an underestimate. While diabetes specialists are often based in a hospital, the majority of people with diabetes who are admitted to hospital – at a time when their diabetes might be difficult to control – do not actually meet the diabetes team.

Preparing a global healthcare workforce for the challenge of chronic conditions

Chronic conditions are increasing. The number of people affected by chronic non-communicable conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, is growing worldwide. Collectively, chronic conditions were responsible for 35 million – a full 60% – of all deaths in 2005. This is twice the number of deaths due to infectious diseases, poor maternal health and malnutrition combined. In addition to causing high death rates, chronic conditions account for almost half of the world’s disability.