Reducing the Stigma of Diabetes in Medical Education: A Contact-Based Educational Approach

Clin Diabetes. 2019 Apr;37(2):108-115. doi: 10.2337/cd18-0020.


IN BRIEF In this feasibility study, we evaluated the impact of a contact-based education patient panel in an Endocrine and Metabolism course on second-year medical students' diabetes attitudes and diabetes stigma. Prior to the patient panel, some medical students harbored stigma toward people with diabetes, thus confirming patients' reports in the literature of diabetes stigma on the part of health care professionals. Importantly, the one-time contact-based educational approach improved students' diabetes attitudes and reduced diabetes stigma.