Working Together to Promote Diabetes Control: A Practical Guide for Diabetes Health Care Providers in Establishing a Working Alliance to Achieve Self-Management Support

Journal of Diabetes Research. 2016;2016 DOI 10.1155/2016/2830910


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Journal Title: Journal of Diabetes Research

ISSN: 2314-6745 (Print); 2314-6753 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Limited

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Specialties of internal medicine: Diseases of the endocrine glands. Clinical endocrinology

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Allan Jones (Institute of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense, Denmark)
Michael Vallis (CDHA Behaviour Change Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2, Canada)
Debbie Cooke (School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK)
François Pouwer (Centre of Research on Psychology in Somatic Diseases (CoRPS), Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology, Tilburg University, 5037 AB Tilburg, Netherlands)


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Abstract | Full Text

The quality of the “patient-carer” relationship is the foundation of self-management support and has been shown to influence treatment outcome in relation to psychological and somatic illness, including diabetes. It has long been accepted within applied psychology that the quality of the client-therapist relationship—termed the working alliance—is of central importance to treatment outcome and may account for a significant degree of the overall treatment effect. Diabetes healthcare providers have recently expressed a need for further training in communication techniques and in the psychological aspects of diabetes. Could we take a page from the psychological treatment manual on working alliance in therapy to guide the diabetes healthcare provider in their role of supporting the person with diabetes achieve and maintain better metabolic control? This paper examines the role of the working alliance in diabetes care and offers a practical guide to the diabetes healthcare provider in establishing a working alliance with the person with diabetes in managing diabetes.