Person-centered psychosocial care aims to identify, and support patients in dealing with, the complex social, behavioral, and emotional factors that can impact on their wellbeing, self-management, and disease outcomes. Key concerns in diabetes include diabetes distress, disordered eating, and inconsistent medication-taking.
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To mark 25 years of the EASD’s Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes study group, we highlight the critical role of psychosocial issues in the care of people with diabetes, look at the latest knowledge in key areas, and explore their impact on clinical care in a series of interviews and podcasts.
To begin our podcast series marking the 25th anniversary of the PSAD, we talk to founder Frank Snoek about its history and achievements, and the changing profile of psychosocial research in diabetes care.
William Polonsky returns to discuss the problem of people being disengaged with their diabetes, why this issue is so critical yet remains so understudied, and what healthcare professionals can do in the clinic to encourage engagement.