Diabetes Care Programs: The Need to Integrate Social and Behavioral Sciences into the Solution

By William Wuenstel and James A. Johnson.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The major task of diabetes practitioners and clinicians is to support patients in adopting healthy lifestyle changes necessary to mitigate the disease. This will require incorporating well-accepted, evidence-based strategies from numerous research studies into patients’ self-care. The most successful programs are those that demonstrate behavior change rather than merely increasing patients’ knowledge. The purpose of this paper is to identify key behavioral and social science interventions that can assist the diabetes practitioner. We present a conceptual framework for organizing a multi-step approach for providing care that emphasizes principles of behavioral and social science that focus on practical interventions that can be implemented by various clinical practitioners, educators, and policy makers.

Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes, Behavioral and Social Science Principles, Reconfiguring Care

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2017, pp.141-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 622.966KB).

Dr. William Wuenstel

Global Campus Instructor, Global Campus, Central Michigan University, Alachua, Florida, USA

Dr. James A. Johnson

Professor, School of Health Sciences, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA