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INDIAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH STUDIES - Volume 2 Issue 2, July 2020

Pages: 74-90

Date of Publication: 31-Jul-2020

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A Psychosocial Approach to Diabetes Management: A Review

Author: Ruth AngielPadiri

Category: Health Studies


This paper throws light on theimportance of a psychosocial approach to management as a supplement to the medical treatment that the patients receive. Since diabetes is a chronic illness without a total cure, it can only be managed effectively. Having a lifelong condition impacts all aspects of one’s life- the psychological, behavioural, and social. This necessitates the need to strengthen the psychosocial aspects on an individual as patients feel overwhelmed and stressed out to make necessary lifestyle changes and sustain in health promoting behaviour. Previous research suggests that patients might experience diabetes related distress or feel frustrated with the burden of diabetes self-care. Providing knowledge about different aspects of diabetes and its management along with strong social support aides patients in adapting to the condition in an easier and less stressful manner.

Keywords: : Impact of diabetes, psychosocial approach, knowledge of diabetes, social support, diabetes management.

DOI: 10.56490/IJHS.2020.2205