It is the single most common frustration voiced by diabetes care professionals: “So many of my patients just don’t seem to care.” But when patients cease to take their prescribed medications, regularly miss appointments, are unable to follow dietary recommendations or avoid home blood glucose monitoring, what can a busy health care professional do? It is strikingly evident that the emotional and behavioral aspects of diabetes care are of critical importance, but how can problems in this area be addressed?
In recent survey studies, health care professionals around the world have expressed great interest in developing their skills in these behavioral approaches to diabetes, but the availability of comprehensive training has been sadly lacking. In early 2016, my colleagues and I at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute offered our first behavioral diabetes professional training program to meet this need. We are proud to offer this live, two-day intensive course here in San Diego again this coming November and January.
The program is a small-group, case-based curriculum that will provide participants with a review of the latest research in behavioral diabetes and present a new model for understanding motivational issues in diabetes. This will be followed by a series of interactive case-based discussions where participants will learn how to more effectively identify the critical obstacles that contribute to problematic self-care and how to prioritize those obstacles as a plan for intervention is developed. The program will then focus on the introduction and practice of brief interventions for addressing patient barriers, once again relying on a case-based approach towards acquiring the necessary confidence and skills.
My colleagues and I cordially invite you to join us for this exciting new program, and we look forward to seeing you here in San Diego, America’s finest city.
William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE
President and Co-Founder
Behavioral Diabetes Institute
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
UC San Diego
This course is designed for health care professionals that treat patients with diabetes including endocrinologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, registered dieticians, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, and other healthcare providers wishing to work more effectively with their patients to promote better medication adherence and more successful self-management.
Following this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the complex role of motivation in diabetes self-care.
- Perform a comprehensive assessment of the common psychosocial obstacles to effective self-management.
- Perform a comprehensive assessment of the common psychosocial obstacles to cardiometabolic medication initiation and adherence.
- Describe the major strategies for addressing depression and diabetes-related emotional distress.
- Demonstrate collaborative communication skills aimed towards enhancing patients’ belief that adequate self-management is necessary and worthwhile.
- Describe the key strategies for addressing patient reluctance to initiate new cardiometabolic medications and/or maintain medication adherence over time.
- Demonstrate the use of diabetes-focused action planning strategies.
- Describe the key strategies for providing the ongoing support and resources needed to make self-management doable over the long-term.
UC San Diego Continuing Medical Education
The Mission of UC San Diego Continuing Medical Education is to provide needs based education for physicians and health care providers to improve knowledge, competence and performance and enable the optimum provision of health care. University of California, San Diego Continuing Medical Education is committed to providing innovative education that impacts health care providers’ knowledge and behavior, with the ultimate goal of improved patient care. UC San Diego CME has expertise in numerous educational interventions that can be utilized to optimize learning, support behavior change, and document outcomes.
Behavioral Diabetes Institute
The Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with diabetes live long, healthy and happy lives by recognizing and addressing the critical emotional aspects of the disease. Founded in 2004, the BDI provides behaviorally-based education and training in self-management for patients with diabetes (this includes live programs as well as print and online materials and programs) and professional training services for health care professionals, while also conducting independent research to elucidate the key emotional and behavioral contributors to successful diabetes management.