Self-management

Focus of this section is on support for active self-management and active involvement in own treatment. Below you will find a video and a range of tools to assess self-management for your inspiration.

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What’s the best thing about well-managed diabetes? It reduces the risk of running into health problems later. Watch the video below of Hans Henrik who found ways to self-manage his diabetes for better health.



Tools to improve self-management

WHO-5 questionnaire
Depression is common among persons with diabetes, affecting 10-20% of the patient population. Unfortunately the diagnosis of depression is often missed, but using a short questionnaire as the WHO-5 can help to monitor emotional well-being in patients as part of clinical routine. Download WHO-5 questionnaire (PDF)

PAID questionnaire
It is vital that clinicians are able to identify diabetes-related emotional distress in their patients. One tool that has proven very helpful to healthcare professionals is the Problem Areas in Diabetes (PAID) scale, a simple, one page questionnaire. Download PAID questionnaire (PDF)

DAWN: Plans to change your life with diabetes
‘Your plans to change your way of living’ provides a quick overview of each person’s needs and readiness to change. The tool has been developed and tested as part of a decision making method called Guided Self-Determination (GSD). Download Plans to change your life with diabetes (PDF) 

DAWN: Room for Diabetes in Your Life tool
‘Room for diabetes in your life’ is a simple dialogue tool to help patients distinguish between negative and positive ways that diabetes can take up room in their life. The tool has been developed and tested as part of a decision making method called Guided Self-Determination (GSD). Download Room for Diabetes in Your Life tool (PDF)

DAWN Youth Quality of Life tool
The achievement of good metabolic control is difficult in children, and particularly in adolescents. Having diabetes requires a complex, intrusive and highly demanding daily programme for families, which may have a negative effect on Quality of Life (QOL). Download DAWN Youth Quality of Life tool(PDF) 

DAWN Youth Circle tool
The children’s circle tool is designed to stimulate dialogue between the diabetes support team, children and young people with diabetes and their families. It focuses on non-medical issues which impact upon quality of life and diabetes self-management. Download DAWN Youth Circle tool (PDF)