Two published articles in the Academic Medicine Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges confirm what members of T1D TTN already know – empathy and communications lead to better health outcomes for people with T1D. “Physician Empathy and Critical Outcomes for Patients with T1D” (Volume 86, March 2011, pages 359 - 364) and“The Relationship Between Physician Empathy and Disease Complications: An Empirical Study of Primary Care Physicians and Their Diabetic Patients in Parma, Italy” (Volume 87, September 2012, pages 1243- 1249) identify the factors that support empathy and communications as positive for both the healthcare provider and T1D patient. The Washington-based AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research.
While many might claim that kissing is an art form they've mastered, one girl is actually turning her kisses into art. Commercial art.
Lisa Brandt knew she was seriously ill when she could barely drag herself from the couch to her bed. Brandt, then at the age of 48, felt chilled to the bone and suffered from an unquenchable thirst.
Becoming an adult, leaving high school, going away to university or college, and/or starting a full-time job are all part of the challenges that young adults face. Young adults with type 1 diabetes also face the added pressure of having to develop relationships with new healthcare providers at a different adult diabetes centre, and of starting the process of managing their diabetes all by themselves.
On July 9, The T1D Think Tank held an important open forum at the YWCA in downtown Toronto. The objective was two–fold. First, to provide a status update for all components of the work so far in terms of creative elements, and Collaborative Insight Session Projects. Second, and more importantly, was to present a summary of an independent review of conversations held with the Board and a number of T1DTTN advisors and Partners.
Kim Vlasnik is a powerhouse diabetes advocate that we can gratefully “claim” as a member of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC). Founder of the You Can Do This Project and her own blog, TextingMyPancreas, Kim was invited to speak at this year’s Stanford MedicineX Conference as part of the “ePatient Ignite!” series.
It has been a very exciting time since we kicked off the T1D Think Tank Network back in May 2013. Frankly, the reaction to that inaugural event was overwhelming and unexpected. Making sense of how our uniquely creative and collaborative methods had uncovered a process that had such a positive impact on the relationship between patients and health care professionals forced us to step back for a while so as to understand it properly.