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  Does your diabetes team provide emotional support (e.g., a psychologist or social worker)?  
      Yes, at every visit  
  8%     14  
      Yes, occasionally  
  7%     12  
      Yes, but only if we make a specific request  
  33%     55  
  41%     69  
      I don't know  
  10%     17  

Total votes: 167

Does your diabetes team provide emotional support (e.g., a psychologist or social worker)?

Poll dates: May 12 - 19, 2010
Total Votes: 167

Living well with diabetes is often as much about maintaining a positive outlook in the face of the daily challenges of managing blood glucose levels. That's why the best diabetes teams include a psychologist or social worker, to help kids and their families when they're in need.

In July 2009 we last asked families if they had ever sought counseling. 42% either had or had considered it. When you compare that with the results of this week's poll, in which just 15% of families are offered at least occasional access to someone to assist with emotional support, it seems that there is a shortfall in this kind of support for many families.

If you, your spouse, your child with diabetes, or a sibling is struggling with the challenges of living with diabetes, seek help from your diabetes team. Even if they don't have someone on staff to help, they can provide a referral to someone who can.

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Last Updated: Wednesday May 19, 2010 09:43:50
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