Københavns Universitet

INAUGURAL LECTURE INGRID WILLAING TAPAGER

IS PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT STILL THE CINDERELLA OF
DIABETES CARE AND RESEARCH? THE POTENTIAL AND THE
CHALLENGES OF PROVIDING PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT TO
PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

Diabetes is both a biomedical disease and a behavioural and emotional challenge. The
incessant cognitive and emotional demands of everyday diabetes management mean that
people with diabetes have a substantial burden imposed upon their mental health. People
with diabetes commonly experience some degree of dysphoria, with diabetes distress
independently and strongly associated with poorer diabetes self-management behaviours
and impaired glycaemic outcomes.
This lecture is about the role of diabetes distress and its impact on overall quality of life
and diabetes management behaviours. It also covers the aspiration to introduce
systematic measurement and support for the specific challenges that people living with
diabetes experience daily. We need to know more about people with diabetes, their
attitudes, wishes, and needs, and the outcomes that ultimately matter to them.

Dette arrangement blev afholdt den 23 september 2022