WHO WE ARE
BDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California, focuses on addressing the social, emotional, and psychological barriers to living a long and healthy life with diabetes. To better understand and overcome these obstacles, BDI is actively engaged in research examining the psychological aspects of diabetes and evaluating innovative behavioral interventions. In addition, BDI directly offers an array of unique, behaviorally-oriented products and services for: people with type 1 diabetes; people with type 2 diabetes; parents of children and teens with diabetes; spouses and partners of people with diabetes; and interested health care professionals. Products and services include print materials; online courses and modules, face-to-face workshops and seminars, professional training programs, and an online library of resources.
We invite you to explore the resources available to you from BDI. We also welcome your suggestions for additional resources that might be added to our web site. Thank you!
Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes: A skill building Program for Health Care Professionals at the BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA.
January 27-28, 2017
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BDI’s Monthly Update for January 2017:
Happy New Year from all of us here at BDI!
Looking back, we can see that 2016 was an amazing year for the field of behavioral diabetes. Here are three remarkable things that occurred:
- For the first time ever, the American Diabetes Association formally released (in December) a series of “psychosocial guidelines”, which provided healthcare professionals with evidence-based recommendations for assessing and addressing the emotional and behavioral needs of their patients with diabetes.
- For the first time ever, the American Psychological Association (in October) devoted a whole issue of one of its premier journals, American Psychologist, to “diabetes and psychology”. Full of comprehensive review articles from the leaders in our field, this is helping the whole world of psychologists to become more aware of the critical challenges faced by people with diabetes.
- The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) hosted a workshop (in August), “Diabetes Outcome Measures Beyond Hemoglobin A1C”, which highlighted the need for greater consideration of the patient’s perspective (for example, the impact on quality of life, not just A1C) when developing new medications and other treatments for diabetes.
Congratulations to all of our behavioral diabetes colleagues around the country for all of their tireless efforts in making all of these changes come to pass.
On the research side: In 2016, BDI staff authored or co-authored more than a dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles in 2016 and ten abstracts at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in June. We were investigators in several major diabetes intervention trials (you’ll be hearing more about those later this year). And in 2017, you will be seeing many new research publications from us. In fact, our first 2017 article was just published, “Investigating Hypoglycemic Confidence in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes”, which describes this important element of patient experience and introduces a new brief measure for assessing it.
On the clinical side: In 2016, we hosted three rounds of our highly successful, two-day, intensive CME program, “Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes: A Skill Building Program for Healthcare Professionals”. We’ve had rave reviews and our next program, scheduled for Jan 27- 28, is already brim full. We hope to schedule further training programs for healthcare professionals later this year as well as new group programs for people with diabetes who are struggling with the disease, so stay in touch for updates.
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The Behavioral Diabetes Institute, in collaboration with the UCSD School of Medicine, presents:
Promoting Behavioral Change in Diabetes: A two-day, intensive skill building program for healthcare professionals.
This course is designed for health care professionals that treat patients with diabetes including endocrinologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, registered dietitians, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, and other healthcare providers wishing to work more effectively with their patients to promote better medication adherence and more successful self-management.