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!
Dr. Polonsky speaks at Anderson Medical Pavilion on the Scripps La Jolla campus about Engaging the Disengaged: Strategies for Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes from 7:30-8:30 AM.
January 16, 2019
Dr. Polonsky speaks about Strategies to Handle Diabetes Stress at the Kardiovaskular Sjukdom, in Stockholm, Sweden.
January 19, 2019
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
January 23, 2019
Dr. Polonsky speaks about Engaging the Disengaged: Strategies for Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes at the 5th Annual Diabetes Symposium at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA.
February 2, 2019
Welcome to BDI’s New Year’s update!
Happy Holidays from your friends here at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute! And as we look back at 2018, we see what a busy year it has been:
New CME video series: Our first series of nine new web-based video modules for health care professionals, “Critical Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes” are now available, at no cost! See https://cme.ucsd.edu/psychosocialdiabetes/. We give thanks to the generous support of Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck for making this possible.
DiabetesDistress.org: Any person with diabetes (PWD) as well as any healthcare professional (HCP) now has an easy way to complete the Diabetes Distress Scale on your PC or phone, have your scores tabulated automatically, and find helpful suggestions about how to interpret your results and helpful suggestions for action. Special kudos to BDI Research Director, Dr. Larry Fisher, for his leadership and all of his hard work on this new program.
Behavioral diabetes research: BDI staff continue to be actively involved in scientific research. During 2018, we authored or co-authored 7 scientific publications and 9 poster presentations at major scientific meetings (2018 publications and presentations). Our work has covered a wide range, including studies to evaluate strategies for alleviating diabetes distress, how continuous glucose monitoring influences psychosocial and glycemic outcomes, how hypoglycemia affects quality of life, new strategies for overcoming the problem of “psychological insulin resistance”, and more.
Training for healthcare professionals: Throughout the year, we have continued to present on the subject of behavioral diabetes across the country and around the world at major scientific meetings, at key medical centers, and all national TCOYD events. In addition, we have launched “Diabetes Turning Points”, which is a one-day version of our San Diego-based intensive training, “Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes: A Skill Building Program for Health Care Professionals”, and are now aiming to schedule programs all over North America.
Case consultation group for mental health professionals: BDI has been proud to host our colleagues as we gather monthly to review and discuss our ongoing behavioral diabetes counseling experiences. Contact us at email@example.com if you would like further information about this program and about our future meetings during 2019.
Behavioral diabetes counseling: Of course, we continue to provide counseling every day to people who are struggling with diabetes. This critical part of our mission will never stop!
We are working now on plans for 2019 and will let you know more as soon as these have been finalized. We expect to offer new training programs for healthcare professionals as well as patients, new print and video materials are currently in development, and we already have a fairly full schedule of 2019 lecture presentations. As always, now and in the future, we here at the BDI remain committed to highlighting and addressing the unmet emotional and psychological needs of people with diabetes around the world.
And we wish each and every one of you all the best for 2019!