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What can diabetes educators/HCP learn from the DOC?
Short answer? A lot.
In truth; they really could learn a lot. Diabetes is a complex disease to live with, you cannot always physically see it but it affects a person in every way. Thoughts, feelings and physical afflictions impact on everyday life and simple tasks such as the activities of daily living. Dramatic? Just try to work through a hypo!
Therefore I propose that educators and HCP’s could in fact use the DOC as a sneaky peek into our “real-life” world, obstacles and fears.
Only working on our numbers does not encompass what each of us is about; simply put – diabetes care needs to be dragged into the 21st century and be tailored to individualised needs. You see, everyone is different in spite of living with the same condition.
That is where HCP’s go awry.
The DOC could teach all areas of Diabetes care how to treat people with Diabetes, how not to preach and most importantly highlight just how much effort is put into living a great life – trying to be free of background fears and the frequent situations which cause you to silently berate yourself when things don’t always go to plan. It’s a hard life but coupled with Diabetes it can sometimes be that little bit harder. After all how many people really have to consider each meal, each session of exercise and/or those pesky “highs” where you worry about what damage you could be causing yourself? These feelings are very real but are not always considered in meetings and appointments with educators/HCP’s – a startling fact! Numbers are very important, obviously, but so is how the patient copes with their Diabetes outside of the office…
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter”
– Walt Disney.