Collaborative effort aims to ease patient/doctor communication

Feb 04, 2011

It is important for doctors and patients to be able to communicate with one another

Clear and open communication between a patient and his or her doctor is crucial for optimal care. This can be particularly true when it comes to those who suffer from diabetes.

To help foster more open dialogue between patients and their doctors, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American College of Endocrinology and Bristol-Myers Squibb have teamed up to form the Type 2 Talk: Changing the Type 2 Diabetes Conversation. The efforts aim to improve education and provide advice.

AACE secretary Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick says he has personally seen doctors and patients struggle to effectively communicate.

"We are launching The Type 2 Talk to foster more effective patient-physician conversations around type 2 diabetes care, in an effort to help patients and physicians work together to reach treatment goals," says Mechanick.

A more open dialogue may even help patients prevent themselves from developing type 2 diabetes in the first place. An unhealthy diet coupled with a lack of exercise can be two major contributing factors to the condition known for slashing years off people's lives and causing insurers to charge higher life insurance premiums. 

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