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Guide to using video for diabetes education

8 May 2015

Healthcare professionals who want to use video as a way of engaging patients to better self manage diabetes can use a new guide from Diabetes UK to help them direct patients to online video resources.

The guide - Video As A Resource In Diabetes Education (PDF,899KB) includes information about:

  • different types of diabetes video available
  • flexibility of video education
  • engaging people with diabetes
  • self management
  • behaviour change
  • recent innovations.

Getting the right information to patients with diabetes is crucial in raising awareness of the condition and to support them with self management. People learn through a range of different methods and video education is another resource healthcare professionals can use as well as traditional structured courses like DESMOND, DAFNE, and X-PERT.

"When a patient “reads” information from a pamphlet they read it in their own voice – a voice that might be feeling depressed or disheartened about the possibility of managing their disease.  When a patient “hears” the same information delivered by an expert clinician or expert patient they are more likely to overcome their negative perception of their own health situation.

 

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Dr Mike Osborn, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Royal United Hospital NHS Trust Bath

Recent Innovations

There are numerous videos about diabetes available online, varying in standard and approach. Recently a series of online videos have been developed, in which healthcare professionals offer their advice and people with diabetes talk about their experiences of managing diabetes.

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