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Diabetes Care. 2017 Dec;40(12):1790-1799. doi: 10.2337/dci17-0041. Epub 2017 Oct 17.

The Use of Language in Diabetes Care and Education.

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1
Department of Health & Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY dickinson@tc.columbia.edu.
2
Clinical/Educational Services, Behavioral Diabetes Institute, San Diego, CA.
3
Clinical Education Programs, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA.
4
Department of Science and Practice, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Chicago, IL.
5
Diabetes Education and Support Consulting Services, Reno, NV.
6
Grassroots Diabetes, Boston, MA.
7
Ascension St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI.
8
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Bothell, WA.
9
Close Concerns and The diaTribe Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
10
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI.

Abstract

Language is powerful and can have a strong impact on perceptions as well as behavior. A task force, consisting of representatives from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), convened to discuss language in diabetes care and education. This document represents the expert opinion of the task force. The literature supports the need for a language movement in diabetes care and education. There are effective ways of communicating about diabetes. This article provides recommendations for language used by health care professionals and others when discussing diabetes through spoken or written words-whether directed to people with diabetes, colleagues, or the general public, as well as research questions related to language and diabetes.

PMID:
29042412
DOI:
10.2337/dci17-0041
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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