Myths in Diabetes Care: A Clinician’s Perspective

Myths in diabetes are common among patients suffering from the disease, but myths can also affect the clinicians managing these individuals. Understanding myths and misconceptions about the care of patients with diabetes is important in optimizing outcomes. Here are some common myths held by clinicians and some potential solutions to overcome potential barriers: Myth: “My patients aren’t interested in or concerned about making the changes they need to make in order to control their diabetes.” Solution: In general, people are not opposed to change but resent when others try to change them. While it can be discouraging when patients don’t take advantage of sound advice, it’s critical that physicians make every effort to understand diabetes from their patient’s perspectives. Most people want to live long, healthy lives, and every person has the ability to make changes. Management of patients with diabetes is not one-size-fits-all.  Asking patients what is hardest or most concerning will help you understand what is motivating for them. It’s a good way to engage them in their care. Myth: “I don’t have the time to get everything addressed in one office visit.” Solution: Time constraints can have a significant impact on physicians, and no one expects that you can do it all. There are other options to help your patients. The use of a multidisciplinary team improves outcomes. Office staff can handle some of the simpler issues for patients, such as linking them to trusted diabetes information on the internet or connecting them with diabetes self-management educators. They can search community diabetes support groups and create simple handouts to guide patients to these groups. Taking a...