Originally published in Diabetes Mine, 11/27/2017)
According to a new survey by insulin maker and diabetes drug company Novo Nordisk, 56% of healthcare providers who treat people with diabetes (PWDs) say they “need more training and support” to help patients manage the emotional and psychological burdens of the disease.
It’s good news that more than half of them realize they need help, and it says a lot that many recognize the importance of the psychosocial side of diabetes care and that the words they use really matter.
Yet, too many healthcare providers still completely ignore the emotional needs of PWDs. And some¬ add to the burdens of the disease because of insensitivity and what appears to be sheer ignorance. That is evident from the anecdotes shared with DiabetesMine after we canvassed PWDs on Twitter for examples of their “best” and “worst” encounters with doctors. We were told some real horror stories, as well as heartwarming tales of caring, wise physicians.
Taken together, these tales convey advice from PWDs that doctors need to hear:
1) Show Compassion and Empathy
Let’s start with examples of medical heroes. There are wonderful, empathetic doctors out there who understand the psychological toll of diabetes, according to some respondents: [Read more…] about Advice for Physicians from People with Diabetes