Diabetes self-management is demanding and relentless, irrespective of whether a person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Both demand daily self-management and are associated with long-term complications if optimal glycaemic control is not achieved. The psychosocial aspects of diabetes must be considered alongside biomedical outcomes in order to maintain optimal diabetes control, psychosocial functioning and quality of life.
This module will provide you with an understanding of the complexities of the psychosocial aspects of diabetes throughout the lifespan and the challenges they pose. You will gain knowledge of specific factors that impact self-management of diabetes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and will be able to apply this knowledge in your own practice to help people with diabetes in a more holistic and person-centred way.
The multidisciplinary approach to teaching on this module reflects real life psychological support for diabetes and will typically include teaching and interactions with psychologists, diabetes specialist nurses, doctors, and University staff including the programme team.