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Dickinson & Guzman Part 4, Other Organizations Concerned with Diabetes-Related Language

In part 4 of this Exclusive Interview, Drs. Dickinson and Guzman talk with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California about the  interest in diabetes language among the diabetes community and other diabetes organizations.

Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE is the Program Director and faculty for the solely online Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program at Teachers College Columbia University. Susan Guzman, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes. Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming barriers to management, family issues, and promoting attitudes that support living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout the lifespan.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve: What other organizations are concerned about the diabetes language? I know ADA, obviously.

Jane: ADA and, like I said, AADE, the American Association of Diabetes Educators are working together to publish a paper about this very topic: the use of language and diabetes care and education. And other organizations that are interested, there’s one out of Australia it’s called Diabetes Australia and they published a position statement on language back in 2012 and they have followed that up with some research and lots of work on this topic. The IDF also has a language philosophy published on their website and so they are behind being mindful of our messages. I know that in the diabetes online community there is…so in the lay community, there is a lot of focus on the language of diabetes as well.

Susan: …and the American Psychological Association too. It has made recommendations about language in chronic health conditions and disabilities.

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