The Waiting Room

The focus on self-management can begin while the patient is in the waiting room. The patient's attention can be drawn to the importance of self-care activities by having various pamphlets, posters and notices placed in the waiting room. These might include notices from the hospital or clinic regarding diabetes education or information classes, support groups, as well as pamphlets on diet, exercise or smoking cessation.

While the patient is waiting, he/she could complete a brief form assessing the current level of diabetes self-management activities. An example of such a form is in Figure 6.6. This assessment could be easily conducted using a computer set up in a corner of the waiting room. The assessment information could also be incorporated into an interactive health technology intervention. Information from the self-management form is then used during the remainder of the visit, as described below.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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