Monday, February 6, 2017

ADA Position Statement on Patient Centered Psychosocial Care

The American Diabetes Association released a position statement in December, 2016, stating their belief that in order to achieve optimal medical outcomes and psychological well-being, physicians and the health care team must provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensure that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Known as patient-centered psychosocial care, this requires that communications and interactions, problem identification, psychosocial screening, diagnostic evaluation, and intervention services take into account the context of the individuals with diabetes and the values and preferences of these individuals. The position statement gives diabetes care providers evidence-based guidelines for psychosocial assessment and care of patients with diabetes and their families. Their recommendations are based on commonly used clinical models, expert consensus, and tested interventions - these recommendations take into account available resources, practice patterns across the country, and practitioner burden. The position statement focuses on the most common psychological factors affecting individuals with diabetes.

 For more information see: 

Psychosocial Care for People With Diabetes: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association Diabetes.

Physicians and educators at the diabetes center fully support this statement and will continue to follow the guidelines, which we already implement at Mount Sinai.