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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.

A case for including peers as providers of diabetes self-management education

Diabetes distinguishes itself from many other chronic conditions because of the complexity of its day-to-day management – both medical management and self-management, which must be carried out by people with diabetes on a sometimes hourly basis. People require self-management education in order to master these complexities. Kate Lorig discusses the complexity of diabetes self-management education, how it is currently delivered, and suggests an effective additional means of offering this education.

Implementing a post-graduate degree course for diabetes educators in Argentina

One reason for poor diabetes outcomes – the development of disabling, potentially life-threatening complications – is the lack of effective participation by people with diabetes in the management of their own condition. This participation is the key to successfully achieving therapeutic goals. To be able to follow a difficult and complex life-long regimen requires high levels of motivation and knowledge. Yet although extensive evidence supports this concept, only a minority of people receive appropriate diabetes education.

Teaching and learning in diabetes: techniques and methods

The goals of diabetes education are to optimize blood glucose control, prevent chronic and potentially life-threatening complications, and optimize quality of life, while keeping costs within acceptable limits. Research has shown that with appropriate education lower-extremity amputation rates, medication costs, emergency room visits and hospitalizations are reduced. Nowadays, diabetes self- management education is an integral and critical part of any treatment plan.

Certification: a means for future recognition

Since the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (the organization responsible for certification of diabetes educators in the USA) was established in 1986, the importance and prevalence of professional certification have increased dramatically. New certification programmes are increasingly being developed for more and more occupations and professional specialties, while existing certification organizations are expanding their certification offerings.

Empowerment, education and discipline: implementing a diabetes self-management plan

Nowadays, few people would question the role of a person with diabetes as the central figure in his or her diabetes care team. But ‘patient’ empowerment extends well beyond the concept of self-determination. Diabetes does not occur in a vacuum, but interacts with a variety of emotional states and exists within many cultural and social boundaries. People with diabetes hold the power to manage their condition – not their healthcare providers or their family members.

The complex and constantly evolving role of diabetes educators

Diabetes educators are professional healthcare providers who are qualified to work with people in the management of their diabetes. The role of diabetes educators is dynamic and shaped by the environment in which they practise and by developments in research and technology. Core components are clinical care, education, counselling, research, and management.

The benefits of diabetes education: better health outcomes through successful self-management

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.

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