Changing Patients Behaviour… approaches for improving diabetes management
Effective diabetes management requires both good clinical care, and good self-management by the person with diabetes to achieve optimal health outcomes. Both diabetes-specific behaviours and lifestyle behaviours need to be addressed. Self-management is challenging, due to the characteristics of diabetes, a condition which can be unpredictable, variable over the lifespan, lifelong, and often psychologically demanding, requiring knowledge, confidence, motivation and behaviour change skills to maintain optimal control. The session will explore how best to support patients in taking more control… some of the skills needed by people with diabetes and by health professionals to support better self-management.