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!
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
July 18, 2018
TCOYD’s ONE Conference and Retreat in San Diego, CA.
August 17-19, 2018
Addressing Psychosocial Challenges and Behavior Change in Diabetes: A skill building Program for Health Care Professionals at the BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA.
September 21-22 and November 3-4, 2018
Information coming soon!
The July 2018 Update!
Whew! We have just returned from the crazy whirlwind of activity at the American Diabetes Association Annual Scientific Sessions program in hot, steamy Orlando. Another great meeting, where—among our other responsibilities– BDI staff served as co-authors on six poster presentations (see below). We are already looking forward to the 2019 program in San Francisco.
We are proud to announce the launch of diabetesdistress.org. If you are looking for an easy, no-cost way to access and score the Diabetes Distress Scales (including all subscales) and receive immediate graphical feedback in response, this is it. For both PWDs and HCPs, no more arithmetic needed! Thanks primarily to the efforts of BDI’s Research Director, Dr. Larry Fisher, diabetesdistress.org is a collaborative effort between BDI and our colleagues at UCSF.
Upcoming presentations by BDI staff this month:
July 11, “Diabetes Technology and Quality of Life”, a presentation by Dr. Polonsky at the Insulet Symposium, immediately preceding the ATDC Keystone Conference (Keystone, Colorado).
July 15, “From Discouraged to Encouraged: A Bolus of Hope”, a presentation by Dr. Guzman at the Adult Retreat at Bearskin Meadows Camp (Sequoia National Forest, California).
July 19, “Engaging the Disengaged”, a webinar presented by Dr. Polonsky for the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute (https://www.jjdi.com/webinar).
We have had a wonderful response to our initial announcement for Diabetes Turning Points (DTP), with enthusiastic inquiries coming in from all across North America. But perhaps you haven’t heard about it. Here’s the story: If you can’t make it to one of our live, two-day CME programs for healthcare professionals here in San Diego this Fall, then Diabetes Turning Points may be an option to consider. Given the wild success of our San Diego-based programs, BDI has developed an abbreviated one-day (or, if you’d prefer, half-day) version, Diabetes Turning Points, and we are preparing to take it on the road across North America. See the details here.
If your facility might be interested in hosting a DTP program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And we have just finished the recording for BDI’s first-ever video CME series. Production should be wrapping up within the next month, so we hope to be able to provide details in our next update in August.
Our San Diego-wide, case consultation meetings (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes) are continuing each month, with the next one scheduled for July 18. Contact us at email@example.com if you would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
Finally, we are still awaiting news regarding corporate support for our live Fall 2018 CME programs for healthcare professionals here in San Diego. The first program is scheduled for September 21-22, 2018 (Friday and Saturday), and the second program is scheduled for November 3-4, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be on the mailing list for more information on these events.
2018 Poster presentations at ADA:
Hessler DM, Polonsky WH, Fisher L, Snoek FJ, Hadjiyianni I, Cao D, Ivanova JI, Desai U, Perez-Nieves M (2018). Attitudes among adults with type 2 diabetes affecting insulin initiation and discontinuation. Poster 838-P, presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Orlando, FL.
Tang TS, Hessler DM, Polonsky WH, Fisher L, Hadjiyianni I, Cao D, Reed B, Kalirai, Irani T, Ivanova JI, Desai U, Perez-Nieves M (2018). Successful health care provider strategies to overcome psychological insulin resistance in US and Canada. Poster 801-P, presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Orlando, FL.
Fisher L, Hessler DM, Polonsky WH, Mashrani U, Guzman S, Bowyer V, Strycker LA (2018). T1-REDEEM—an RCT to reduce diabetes distress in adults with type 1 diabetes. Poster 797-P, presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Orlando, FL.
Yu-Isenberg K, Gray GD, Foley C, Stokes JT, Shields A, Dickie G, Lamoureux R, Jackson CV, Padilla B, Polonsky WH (2018). Patient perspectives on the burden of type 2 diabetes mellitus treatment. Poster 726-P, presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Orlando, FL.
Yu-Isenberg K, Gray GD, Foley C, Stokes JT, Shields A, Dickie G, Lamoureux R, Jackson CV, Padilla B, Polonsky WH (2018). Exploring the type 2 diabetes mellitus experience from the patient perspective. Poster 725-P, presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Orlando, FL.
Uzoigwe C, Levin M, Pfaff DB, Mocarski M, Hamersky CM, Polonsky WH (2018). HCP and patient perspectives on basal insulin titration. Poster 684-P, presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Orlando, FL.
Note that copies of all posters can be accessed at: https://plan.core-apps.com/tristar_ada18/abstracts