When working in a healthcare setting in the current world, I have always held an important possession of relevant knowledge. This is because information, besides being a real source of power for a healthcare profession, also leads to informed choices. Knowing very well how insulin works will assist in making decisions on the management of patients with diabetes. For instance, I previously had a problem deciding on the best tile along the continuum of the disease when a patient may be started on insulin. Further, the type of diabetes that requires insulin continuously and that which is rather independent has always been confusing for me.
These two issues have been adequately clarified in this course and I feel more confident dealing with the condition. In addition, I remember having to evade patients questions regarding what may have led to the development of the disease. A bit embarrassing scenario was in my first encounter with a diabetic patient in a clinic who seemed to have more information on the disease that I had. This made me look inferior in front of a patient who expected me to provide her with medical care.
However, the confidence gained from this course will be important to me. I now feel that there is no question from the patient that I cannot answer concerning the disease, its progression, and management including pharmacological management and dietary modification. Further, this information, once used in the practice will be easily transferable to other people. From the realization that not everyone in practice has had such an opportunity, I wish to put it upon myself to transmit the information to others.
This way, I hope to contribute positively to the development of all healthcare professions and in the long-run the management of diabetes. The global burden of diabetes could not be better explained. The course brought to light the real issues I health related to diabetes and its management. From the emergence of new concepts, drugs availability and activity, the relationship between obesity and insulin resistance among other issues addressed, new information was learned.
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