HIMSS Australia Digital Health Summit 2019
November 20-21, 2019 | Sydney, Australia

EP2- Patient Perspective: Can the Reality of Living with a Lifelong Health Condition be Appropriate?

November 21, 2019
3:15pm - 3:45pm

Many healthcare would consider me to be a 'difficult patient', a term that I really struggle to understand. When I ask questions or walk into a healthcare professional's office asking to try something new, I am not being difficult or questioning their expertise. Quite the opposite. I am there to solicit their expertise, to have a discussion about how I can improve my health, and couple what I know about my life with diabetes with their knowledge of medicine to try to crack the combination that leads to success, longevity, and less fear of eventualities and unknowns. For healthcare professionals, I understand how these questions are absolutely time consuming, schedule bending, and exhausting. But the relationship that they have with me is as necessary as the relationship that I have with my diabetes, and the questions are required for both to prosper


Manager and Diabetes Advocate
Type 1 Diabetes (Diabetes Australia)

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