Stigmatizing and Fearful Experiences in the Healthcare Setting

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The diaTribe Foundation and market research company, dQ&A, partnered on a recent study to better understand people with diabetes’ experiences in the healthcare setting. In particular, we aimed to gain a better understanding of how people with diabetes and their healthcare team discussed diabetes-related complications and whether stigma and fear were permeating these conversations. In […]

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dStigmatize Language Guide

People with diabetes, their families, and people at risk of diabetes, deserve communications that are clear and accurate, respectful, inclusive, and free from judgment and bias. What are simple principles for appropriate and effective communication? The words we use to talk about diabetes often reflect a lack of awareness or consideration, or may express conscious […]

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Diabetes Stigma Article Collection

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Learn about the diabetes stigma basics: Read up on the work diaTribe is doing to address diabetes stigma Check out our dSeries Lightning Talks on diabetes stigma: Read stories from members of the diabetes community who detail their experiences with stigma: The portrayal of diabetes in the media is a key contributor to diabetes stigma. […]

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Bringing an End to Diabetes Stigma and Discrimination

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Diabetes stigma can negatively impact the health, self-care, well-being, and professional and social lives of people with diabetes. It can also negatively impact impact public and government support and funding for diabetes research, prevention, clinical care, and treatments. To bring an end to diabetes stigma and discrimination, an expert panel of 51 researchers, health professionals, […]

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Research on Stigma From Health Professionals

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People with diabetes consistently report experiencing stigma in healthcare spaces and from health professionals. Here are key research findings and interventional studies from leading experts in the field. A Qualitative Study of Perceived Responsibility and Self-Blame in Type 2 Diabetes: Reflections of Physicians and Patients Takeaways Interviews with 19 endocrinologists and primary care providers and […]

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What is Diabetes Stigma?

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Diabetes stigma refers to negative social judgments, stereotypes, and prejudices about diabetes, or about a person due to their diabetes.1 Diabetes stigma becomes discrimination when it is used in unfair or prejudicial treatment towards a person with diabetes.1 Why does diabetes stigma exist? Most health-related stigma, including diabetes stigma, is caused by shame, blame, fear, […]

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Diabetes Stigma in Healthcare

Many health professionals are incredibly supportive of people with diabetes and skilled at delivering compassionate, person-centered care and treatment. However, studies show that people with diabetes experience implicit and explicit stigma from health professionals.1-3 What do we know? Unfortunately, implicit and explicit bias against people with diabetes is common among health professionals. In a study […]

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How to Talk About Diabetes-Related Technology

There have been many innovations in the technology that people with diabetes use to monitor their glucose levels and deliver insulin in recent years. Continuous glucose monitors (CGM), insulin pumps, and automated insulin delivery (AID) systems have all contributed to helping people better manage their diabetes. However, conversations around diabetes-related technology and devices can sometimes […]

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