Empowerment through self-management education is a key to chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes, and to prevention. Diabetes self-management education facilitates knowledge, skill, and ability. One of the factors for effective self-management is a person's health literacy: the knowledge, and competences to understand, and apply health information. Persons with poor health literacy levels can have difficulties in such things as medication labels, interpreting blood sugar values, dosing schedules, written information and understanding their health providers. In the US it was shown that only 60% of adults reported that their care providers always explained things so they could understand them. In Europe, research shows that about 12% of adults have problematic health literacy and more than 40% limited health literacy. This is a challenge for everyone working in health care, and more specific in care and education chronic disease patients such as type 2 diabetes.
Information about the discussion leader
The discussion will be moderated by Gerard Van der Zanden, Project manager of the Diabetes Literacy project at the Psychological Research Institute (IPSY) (Institut de recherche en sciences psychologiques) University of Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium