Following publication of the joint AADE/ADA paper, The Use of Language in Diabetes Care and Education, AADE created a handy guide that summarizes the main points of the paper. It provides general language guidance for diabetes-related research, education and publications that are based on four core principles:
- Diabetes is a complex and challenging disease involving many factors and variables.
- Every member of the healthcare team can serve people with diabetes more effectively through a respectful, inclusive, and person-centered approach.
- Stigma that has historically been attached to a diagnosis of diabetes can contribute to stress and feeling of shame and judgement.
- Person-first, strengths-based, empowering language can improve communication and enhance motivation, health and well-being of people with diabetes.
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