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Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster: A New Approach for Health Professionals, Patients and Carers
     

Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster: A New Approach for Health Professionals, Patients and Carers

by Helen Cooper, Robert Geyer
 

This work includes foreword by Ian Botham, OBE, former England Cricket Captain and father of a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. This groundbreaking book reveals how science and medicine have traditionally tried to make diabetes simple and orderly, despite its obvious messiness and complexity. The result has left patients, carers and health professionals confused and

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This work includes foreword by Ian Botham, OBE, former England Cricket Captain and father of a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. This groundbreaking book reveals how science and medicine have traditionally tried to make diabetes simple and orderly, despite its obvious messiness and complexity. The result has left patients, carers and health professionals confused and frustrated. Using complexity science, "Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster" provides a radical new approach to understanding and managing diabetes that embraces its uncertainties and challenges. From a complexity perspective, the diabetes rollercoaster is normal and is a mirror of life itself. Learning to embrace and use the tools of complexity can completely alter your approach to diabetes. "Despite huge amounts of research, funding and effort, diabetes - like many other chronic illnesses - refuses to go away or even to get any easier to deal with. Health professionals have grown increasingly frustrated with their inability to develop radical improvements; patients and carers struggle to comply with complicated self management regimes. We believe that Complexity offers a way forward. Learning to balance rather than control diabetes is the ultimate goal of diabetes management." - Helen Cooper and Robert Geyer, in the Preface.

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Reviewer: Betsy Bennet, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book describes how the complexity paradigm can provide a better way to address diabetes.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate how traditional medicine, which conveys the concept that diabetes management is straightforward and simple, is inadequate. The authors provide the opportunity to see diabetes through a new perspective. They identify interactions that influence diabetes. By understanding these complex interactions, the authors believe patients, their support network, and healthcare providers may better comprehend and manage diabetes.
Audience: The authors intend this book for healthcare professionals, patients, and carers. However, it is most applicable for patients, most likely patients who are already doing well with their diabetes. The authors appear to have thoroughly researched the subject.
Features: The book identifies the inadequacies in the current concepts and management of diabetes. It attempts to provide a different viewpoint to capture the complex interactions that influence the evolution and outcome of diabetes. It postulates that by understanding the complexities that influence diabetes, one will be able to not only deal with the disease better, but positively affect one's own overall well-being as well. The book provides some helpful tools to assist patients in dealing with complexity, such as relaxation techniques. However, several chapters are repetitious and abstract.
Assessment: While the book is well written, it does not provide specific insights into the inadequacies of current diabetes management or to improving care. However, it may be of value for patients struggling with the complexity of the disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846190452
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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