Diabetes Conversations and Management Tools Video

The recently updated Conversation Maps™ are a series of colourful, tabletop illustrations of different aspects of diabetes that help people with diabetes better understand this complicated condition.
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Male speaker: New research reveals more than 75% of Canadians with diabetes don't retain all the information there given by their healthcare professional, and nearly one quarter find it difficult to understand or follow what they are told to do. An educational program called diabetes conversations may now help people with diabetes better understand this complicated condition. The program uses conversation maps, a serious of colorful tabletop illustrations of different aspects of diabetics to help patients better understand how to manage there condition. This is a welcome to all for Teddy Belfon who has been living with the disease for over 25 years. Teddy Belfon: There's so much information, I'm supposed to know about diabetes I find it overwhelming. The conversation maps tools help me to better understand and manage my diabetes on a daily basis. Male speaker: For Stacey Horodezny, Clinical Leader for the Diabetes Management Center at the Trillium Health Center, the program facilitates dialog between patients and their healthcare professionals. Stacey Horodezny: Research has shown that effective communication between patients and their doctors or healthcare professionals is critical in ensuring optimal health. Patients who understand their healthcare professionals are more likely to take ownership of their health problems. Understanding treatment options modify their behavior and take their medications more regularly. Male speaker: Conversation maps are built on the belief that people don't just learn by hearing, they learn by hearing, seeing, discussing, and doing facilitated by a trained diabetes educator, the conversation maps tools are used among the small group of people to stimulate a lively discussion about diabetes management. Stacey Horodezny: And one of the most common questions we get asked is what can I eat? And you just pullout the healthy eating map and you are able to answer those questions. Male speaker: The conversation maps have been recently updated to reflect their use in Canada. They now feature familiar neighborhoods lifestyles and landscapes. They were created by healthy interactions, a health education company and are sponsored by Eli Lilly, Canada and updated in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association and The International Diabetes Federation. The conversion maps tools will soon be available in diabetes education centers.

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