What Individuals Want to Hear at the Point of Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

Michelle D.S. Boakye, Sheridan Miyamoto, Deborah Greenwood

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Recent studies have shown that the time of diagnosis with type 2 diabetes is often not a teachable moment because of heightened emotions. Yet, research also shows that individuals who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes need reassurance and a clear pathway to obtain the education and support needed to self-manage the condition. This article reports on qualitative research exploring the experiences of individuals with type 2 diabetes at the time of diagnosis, including information they wanted to hear and learn at diagnosis. The findings suggest that initial communication should offer reassurance and establish a partnership between the diagnosed individual and the health care provider to identify next steps toward self-management success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-119
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Diabetes
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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