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[Patient education and insulin treatment]


DECEMBER 17, 2021

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2021;31(12)


[Therapeutic patient education is a lifelong educational activity. As an approach focus­ed on the needs, values and therapeutic strategies of patients, it promotes an increase in patients’ knowledge and skills according to the disease, results in a better quality of life, increased therapeutic compliance and a decrease of complications. Patients become partners and health care providers become coaches. Many type-2 diabetes patients re­fuse insulin therapy, even when this modality of treatment is indicated. This paper aims to explore diabetic patients’ reasons of accepting insulin therapy and the initial barriers to its use, as well as relat­ed education requirements.]



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[Insulin: alfa and omega]

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[Modern insulin therapy using insulin pump or insulin pump and sensor]

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