Dealing with the elephants in the diabetes consultation

Professor Jane Speight from the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes says patients are generally motivated however other factors may get in the way, such as emotional distress, costs of diabetes medications and their relationships with family and health professionals.

“If we want to know why they’re not checking their blood glucose, perhaps it’s not motivation, perhaps it’s because they don’t have the fundamentals of education and information.”