Social support helps diabetes patients cope

10 September 2014

A new study has found that a positive outlook and support from people can help diabetic patients cope with the psychosocial challenges of the disease. This is according to an international Second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2) study, which is the largest analysis that uses personal accounts of people living with diabetes.

During the research, it found that 46 per cent of diabetics had negative emotional, psychological and social experiences related to their illness. Two common themes were highlighted, with many people with diabetes suffering with anxiety, fear, worry, or depression, and discrimination was often felt by patients.

A fifth of the 8,596 people included in the study reported workplace discrimination including losing their job due to their illness. The research, published in Diabetes Care, used online, telephone and in-person questionnaires to get their findings from diabetic patients across 17 countries.

The findings could help give healthcare providers a better understanding of how to support patients with the disease and improve outcomes. The original study found that 41 per cent of adults with diabetes suffer from poor psychosocial well-being.

Posted by Philip Briggs​

 

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