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.
February 5, 2020
Drs. Susan Guzman and Liana Abascal will be presenting at the 2nd International Conference on Diabetes and Eating Disorders, in San Diego, CA.
February 7-9, 2020
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference in Bellevue, WA.
February 8, 2020
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting at the International Diabetes Camping Conference in San Diego, CA.
February 10, 2020
Dr. Polonsky will present “A Behavioral Perspective on the Problem of Missed or Errant Boluses” at the 13th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) in Madrid, Spain.
February 21, 2020
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference in Honolulu , HI.
February 29, 2020
Welcome to BDI’s February update!
Lots on the calendar this month:
- February 5: BDI will host our next, San Diego-wide, case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). This is an in-person meeting, no video conferencing possible at this time. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
- February 7: Dr. Guzman (BDI, Director, Clinical Education) will be presenting on “Psychological Aspects of Diabetes Stigma and Burnout” at the 2nd International Conference on Diabetes and Eating Disorders, here in San Diego, CA.
- February 8: Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference in Bellevue (WA).
- February 10: Dr. Polonsky will present “The Emotional Side of Diabetes” at the International Diabetes Camping Conference on February 10, also here in San Diego.
- February 21: Dr. Polonsky will present “A Behavioral Perspective on the Problem of Missed or Errant Boluses” at the 13th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) in Madrid, as part of the Lilly-sponsored symposium on “Leveraging the Potential of Connected Pens”.
- February 29: Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference in Honolulu (HI).
Three new publications this month:
- In “Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Technology: Adult Perspective”, Dr. Polonsky reviews the evidence for how diabetes devices influence quality of life, and the promise of future psychosocial benefits as technology continues to develop.
- “When patient-reported experience does not match change in clinical outcomes: A perplexing view from the inside of a diabetes distress intervention”, authored by Dr. Fisher (BDI’s Research Director) along with Dr. Polonsky and colleagues, examines some fascinating and peculiar findings from the recently completed T1-REDEEM trial.
- “Key factors for overcoming psychological insulin resistance: an examination of patient perspectives through content analysis”, authored by Dr. Heather Stuckey along with Drs. Fisher and Polonsky and their international colleagues, investigates new approaches for addressing the fears about insulin among people with type 2 diabetes.
- New BDI programs for 2020! We are proud to announce that BDI has secured funding for new live HCP training programs and new video programs, all of which will be completed and launched in 2020. Our thanks to the kind folks at Dexcom, Novo Nordisk and Abbot for their support of these new endeavors. More details about these programs will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
- New successes: As of December 31, we have learned that more than 7000 people from 42 countries have made use of Diabetesdistress.org, where any person with diabetes (PWD) as well as any healthcare professional (HCP) now has an easy way to complete the Diabetes Distress Scale on their PC or phone, have their scores tabulated automatically, and find helpful suggestions about how to interpret their results and helpful suggestions for action. We are delighted that so many have already found a way to make use of this valuable tool. https://diabetesdistress.org/