Diabetes type 1

Messages to doctors and nurses

Communication and attitude of doctors

  • Doctors and nurses need to show they do care and should not get angry if they are upset with us.   
  • Do not be patronising.
  • Take time to get to know each of us as a person, we are all individuals that happen to have diabetes.
  • Young people need positive reinforcement, we do not respond well to just criticism.
  • Offer us advice and ask what we want to do. Give us a chance to voice our opinions.
  • Please don't see us as just 'the patient', dare to see us as part of the team.
  • Be sensitive to our needs and our problems in managing diabetes. 
Advice and information about diabetes
  • You need to tell young people that they are in control of their diabetes.
  • You will make young people understand better if you are friendly to them about why they need to do their blood glucose tests and their insulin injections. 
  • Educate and inform the young person about diabetes. The more they understand, the better they will feel about managing it.
  • Give information first and then ask if we have any questions. Many of us do not like to ask questions.
  • Provide us with a contact number for an out of clinic hours. 

Last reviewed December 2017.
Last updated April 2012.



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