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Transforming mental well-being for people with diabetes: research recommendations from Diabetes UK's 2019 Diabetes and Mental Well-Being Workshop

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T. A.F. Wylie, C. Shah, R. Connor, A. J. Farmer, K. Ismail, B. Millar, A. Morris, R. M. Reynolds, E. Robertson, R. Swindell, E. Warren, R. I.G. Holt

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1532-1538
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue number12
Early online date19 Jun 2019
Accepted/In press6 Jun 2019
E-pub ahead of print19 Jun 2019
Published1 Dec 2019

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Aims: To identify key gaps in the research evidence base that could help to improve the mental well-being of people with diabetes, and to provide recommendations to researchers and research funders on how best to address them. Methods: A 2-day international research workshop was conducted, bringing together research experts in diabetes and in mental health, people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. Results: The following key areas needing increased financial investment in research were identified: understanding the mechanisms underlying depression; understanding the multifactorial impact of social stigma; improving the language used by healthcare professionals; supporting people who find it difficult to engage with their diabetes; supporting significant others; supporting people with diabetes and eating disorders; improving models of care by learning from best practice; the potential benefits of screening and managing diabetes distress in routine diabetes care pathways; primary prevention of mental health issues at the time of diagnosis of diabetes; establishing the effectiveness of diabetes therapies on mood and other mental health issues; and understanding the impact of current diabetes technologies on mental health. Research recommendations as to how to address each of these priority areas were also developed. Conclusions: This inaugural position statement outlines recommendations to address the urgent unmet need related to the mental well-being of people living with diabetes, and calls on the research community and funders to develop research programmes and strategies to reduce this need.

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