This blog summarises a conversation hosted on Twitter by Cochrane UK, inviting views on the use and misuse of language when talking about long-term conditions.
In this blog for anyone affected by, or interested in, long-term conditions, Anne Cooper, a person with Type 1 Diabetes, Bob Swindell, a person with Type 2 Diabetes, and Cathy Lloyd, Professor of Health Studies at the Open University, explore the impact language can have on people who live with a long-term condition, including helpful tips for healthcare professionals for choosing helpful and appropriate language.
In the second part of a two-part blog for our special series on living with long-term conditions, Brian Devlin, Ceri Dare, Genna White and Olivia Fulton, the four Cochrane UK Consumer Champions, and Emma Doble, Cochrane UK’s Patient and Consumer Coordinator, reflect on making treatment decisions, what they want healthcare professionals to know, and what they would tell their younger selves.
In the first part of a two-part blog for our special series on living with long-term conditions, Ceri Dare, Brian Devlin, Olivia Fulton and Genna White, the four Cochrane UK Consumer Champions, and Emma Doble, Cochrane UK’s Patient and Consumer Co-ordinator, reflect on the daily burden of work that comes with living with a long-term condition, how they’ve managed during the pandemic, and sources of information and support they find useful.
Emma Doble, who lives with Type 1 Diabetes and gave birth for the first time in 2020, reflects on her pregnancy journey, highlighting the importance of technology and shared decisions-making, and calling for better postnatal care for women with diabetes.
Throughout June, we are shining a spotlight on living with long-term conditions, sharing blogs that include relevant evidence and personal reflections. The series will also include a discussion on Twitter about the impact language can have on people with long-term conditions.
Sarah Chapman reviews the evidence on foot care for people with diabetes in an article for nurses
Cochrane UK Senior Fellow in General Practice, Richard Lehman, suggests pre-diabetes is a form of disease-mongering as he looks at the Cochrane evidence
A round-up of Cochrane evidence on foot ulcers in people with diabetes, for our Evidence for Everyday Nursing series
This blog looks at the WHO Global report on diabetes and some evidence on preventing type 2 diabetes
What's the evidence on diet and exercise in pregnancy and after?
Anne Cooper talks about the silence surrounding the 'Big M' and the lack of information for menopausal women managing long term conditions like diabetes