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Messages of Blame and How We Can Change That…

Today is the third day of #dblogweek and the topic is “the blame game.” I’m tasked with telling you how blame comes up at “doctor’” visits. For my purposes, by “doctor,” I am referring to all health care professionals (HCP). … Continue reading

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Compliance vs. Contribution

I am often inspired by things I read. This was one (thanks, Seth Godin, as usual). I love the idea of substituting “contribution” for that yucky word “compliance.” It really works in diabetes because compliance means doing what someone else … Continue reading

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one way to ease the burden of diabetes

Diabetes is scary and depressing for 25% of Australian teens with the disease (according to one study). One (pretty simple) way we can lessen the stress for adolescents and others with diabetes is to use language that builds on their … Continue reading

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Individualizing care is the opposite of adherence

Both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recently placed greater emphasis on individualizing care. The ADA uses “patient-centered care” in their standards, and NICE supports having individuals involved in … Continue reading

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A new wording for weight loss

If you’ve read several of my posts, then you probably know that I think the words we use are important. I believe that language makes a difference in our lives and in our attitudes toward living well with diabetes. I … Continue reading

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Words that don’t help

I was meeting with a patient recently when we started discussing how it feels to meet with health care professionals. This patient told me that so many providers say to him, “why don’t you just…” Why don’t you just stop … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Should on Me

If you’ve been reading my blog posts with any consistency, you’ve probably noticed that I have a little language thing going on. About twenty years ago I realized the importance of language. There are many, many judgmental words and phrases … Continue reading

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