Diabetes patients lack psychological support

Most people with diabetes lack specialist psychological support, a report by Diabetes UK warns. By Laura James

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

The charity found that around 85% of those with diabetes had at best seen generic mental health professionals who had virtually no useful knowledge of patients’ condition or the problems they faced because of it.

The report also found that only one in 10 diabetes services used screening or assessment tools for psychological problems.

Bridget Turner, Diabetes UK head of healthcare and policy, said: ‘Living with diabetes can be challenging and the emotional stress of having to deal with this complex condition on a daily basis means psychological services are crucial.’

She added: ‘The majority of people with diabetes who have significant psychological problems do not have severe mental illness and so need specialist diabetes, as opposed to generic, psychological help.’

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