Self-Care Behaviors

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Patient engagement is a critical component to the success of digital health solutions because these solutions are designed to facilitate behavioral changes, and behavior change requires a high degree of engagement. Amy Bucher, PhD, shares her behavior change expertise specific to digital health interventions
People with diabetes use social media to meet and interact with a community of people with similar experiences, to share information, and to provide and receive support. People now have an insatiable appetite for information as they make daily choices in managing their diabetes. Kerri Sparling speaks about social media use among people with diabetes.
Acceptance of diabetes and its related self-management principles is complex and involves a number of skills and tasks. Assessment of diabetes acceptance may aid in the identification of high-risk patients for whom interventions can be targeted. Mark Heyman, PhD, CDCES shares his experience and case studies related to working with people who are having difficulty with acceptance and diabetes
Healthcare provider burnout is increasing in prevalence and poses a threat to our healthcare system. Burnout was a syndrome identified 30 years ago, and is characterized by depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and a sense of low personal accomplishment. Characteristics of the healthcare environment coupled with personal factors place healthcare providers at risk for burnout.
Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDCES, FADCES and Hope Warshaw, RD, CDCES, BC-ADM define the Social Context of Diabetes across the lifespan, and provide suggestions and examples for what healthcare professionals can do to encourage social support virtually and in real life.
Jen Nash, CPsychol, AFBPsS, ClinPsyD, BSc discusses the psychological aspect of people who are struggling to implement weight loss advice. Dr. Nash will review skills that address the emotional and motivational barriers to implementing weight loss education, and participants will be equipped with strategies to approach weight change conversations.