A practical framework for encouraging and supporting positive behaviour change in diabetes

Diabet Med. 2017 Dec;34(12):1658-1666. doi: 10.1111/dme.13414. Epub 2017 Jul 28.

Abstract

A wide range of diabetes-directed interventions - including novel medications, devices and comprehensive education programmes - have been shown to be effective in clinical trials. But in the real world of diabetes care their efficacy is often dependent upon on how well a clinician is able to support personal engagement and motivation of the person with diabetes to use these new tools and knowledge consistently, and as directed. Although many person-centred motivational and behavioural strategies have been developed, for example, action planning, motivational interviewing and empowerment-based communication, the sheer number and apparent lack of clear differences among them have led to considerable confusion. The primary goal of this review, therefore, is to provide a practical framework that organizes and structures these programmes to enhance their more systematic use in clinical care. Its purpose is to enhance clinician efforts to respectfully encourage and support engagement and motivation for behaviour change in people with diabetes. The three-step framework for organizing and describing the specific clinical processes involved is based on self-determination theory and includes: clinician preparation for a different type of clinical encounter, clinician/person with diabetes relationship building, and clinician utilization of specific behavioural tools. We conclude with practical considerations for application of this framework to the real world of clinical care.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Patient Participation / methods*
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Psychosocial Support Systems*
  • Self Care*