Conference Proceeding

Changing the conversation in diabetes: from discouraged to engaged

Dr. Susan Guzman

It is commonly believed that patients with poor management are unmotivated, lack adequate willpower, aren’t scared enough, and are perhaps incapable of making necessary change. These assumptions about these patients, though understandable, are incorrect. As a result, we may try to motivate them by using tactics that simply don’t work for most people, such as urging more willpower, offering unwanted advice, and threatening them with the scary outcomes of continued non-adherence. Unfortunately, this can cause people to become even more frustrated and disengaged, immobilized with fear, and hopeless about their ability to ever manage diabetes well. In order to employ more effective strategies to facilitate adherence, it may be necessary to first consider a new framework. Learn some key ways to change your conversations with your patients that can help them move from discouraged with diabetes to more engaged and willing to make changes for improved management.

Published: 17 October 2017


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