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Diabetes and psychological care

People with diabetes experience disproportionately high rates of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. All people with diabetes should have access to psychological treatment and support to reduce psychological distress and improve self-management.

Use the following resources and tools to improve psychological care for people with diabetes.

Publications

Three dimenstions for diabetes (3DFD): Integrating psychological, social and diabetes care for patients with poor glycaemic control, Diabetes UK (November 2014) (PDF, 73KB)

This report presents the 3DFD service at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a UK first model of care that integrates diabetes, psychological and social interventions for people with complex psychological needs.

Essential reading

Shared practice examples

  • Development of a primary care diabetes psychology service, Diabetes on the Net website (2014) (free, login required)

    This article describes the development of a specialised primary care diabetes psychology service in Kent. The article presents data from five pilot sites and describes the development of a diabetes psychology training workshop for mental health workers and online training programme to increase awareness of the psychological implications of living with diabetes.This article describes the development of a specialised primary care diabetes psychology service in Kent. The article presents data from five pilot sites and describes the development of a diabetes psychology training workshop for mental health workers and online training programme to increase awareness of the psychological implications of living with diabetes.
  • The diabetes wellbeing service in Hillingdon: the impact of psychological therapy on HbA1c in people with diabetes, Diabetes on the Net website (2014) (free, login required)

    This article presents how the diabetes wellbeing service in Hillingdon has improved glycaemic control for people with poorly controlled Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by delivering short term psychological interventions alongside routine diabetes care.This article presents how the diabetes wellbeing service in Hillingdon has improved glycaemic control for people with poorly controlled Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by delivering short term psychological interventions alongside routine diabetes care.
  • The psychology in diabetes/psychology and diabetes (PiD/PaD) project, NHS Lanarkshire website (October 2013)

    This interim report presents the findings from the PiD/PaD project, an initiative to improve access to psychological support in adults' and childrens' diabetes services across Scotland by training frontline staff in psychological and behaviour change skills.This interim report presents the findings from the PiD/PaD project, an initiative to improve access to psychological support in adults' and childrens' diabetes services across Scotland by training frontline staff in psychological and behaviour change skills.

Resources

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