VIDEO: Diabetes language matters

15:00 EDT 5 Aug 2017 | Healio

INDIANAPOLIS — In this video exclusive, Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, talks with Jane K. Dickinson, PhD, RN, CDE, program director for the Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College Columbia University, about the use of language in diabetes education and care. “Words do make a difference to people with diabetes,” Dickinson said. “There are a lot of words that we typically use in our diabetes vocabulary ... that are very judgmental, that bring on a lot of shame and blame and guilt, and that aren’t helpful in how we talk about diabetes and how we talk about people who live with the disease.” Examples include “compliance,” “adherence” and “control.” Better choices might be “manage,” “live with” and “influence,” Dickinson said.

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