Empowerment and self-management

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Becoming experts

Increasing the knowledge of people with diabetes gives them motivation and promotes better diabetes control. This, in turn, enhances quality of life and delays, if not totally prevents, the onset of complications. The Danish Diabetes Education Centre, opened in Odense, 1993, does just that, by providing teaching and assistance to people with diabetes and their friends and families. The centre educates over 500 people in total each year.

New roles in diabetes care

Empowerment is a philosophy that recognizes the fundamental right of people with diabetes to be the primary decision makers in the management of their condition. It represents a more compatible model of care and education needed for a self-managed illness such as diabetes.

Empowerment: a matter of choice

There has been an enormous change over the last 30 years in diabetes care and education in Germany and most of Western Europe. Nowadays, feelings of frustration have decreased for both healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, as it is finally becoming recognized just who is responsible for what.

Successful self-care: the best sign of empowerment

Editor-in-Chief's editorial

An individual decision

President's editorial

A dream becomes reality

Palma, Mallorca, 3-8 July, 2001. The VIII European Masters Championships in Swimming, Diving and Open Water Swimming took place. James Foley of the Diabetes Federation of Ireland’s and John Keeler, former Editor of Identity, the Federation’s magazine, were there to take part! James, from Dublin, is 39 years old and has had diabetes for 19 years. I, also of Dublin, am 30 and have had diabetes for 26 years.

Cognitive behaviour therapy: how to improve diabetes self-management

'It doesn't matter how hard I try, I'll still get the complications' is a typical example of how some people with diabetes feel when faced with the hardships of self-management and with the difficulty in controlling the condition despite all good intentions. It is, however, possible to escape from these negative feelings and gain renewed confidence in one's ability to manage diabetes, and in the positive impact of treatment on one's well-being, thanks to CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Future directions in diabetes care: how soon is now?

The science of diabetes is experiencing dramatic change and the implications for everyone affected by diabetes are enormous. We have good grounds for optimism and real expectations of a 'cure' for Type 1 diabetes in the longer term. This future would release us from the drudgery and risks of living with diabetes, and from the discrimination and social difficulties that go with it. Yet esoteric scientific advances are only part of the story. Each advance precedes the resulting improvements in treatment by many years, and in most parts of the world will seem irrelevant.

First regional EMME camp for children with diabetes

Summer camps provide an opportunity for children with diabetes to learn more about their condition in a safe and caring environment. Under the supervision of a dedicated staff, an enjoyable, well-structured educational programme of activities makes for a truly worthwhile event. This article reports on the experience of the first Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern (EMME) regional camp.

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