Riding the diabetes rollercoaster : a new approach for health professionals, patients and carers

Cooper, Helen and Geyer, Robert (2007) Riding the diabetes rollercoaster : a new approach for health professionals, patients and carers. CRC Press, London. ISBN 9781846190452

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This work includes foreword by Ian Botham, OBE, former England Cricket Captain and father of a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. This groundbreaking book reveals how science and medicine have traditionally tried to make diabetes simple and orderly, despite its obvious messiness and complexity. The result has left patients, carers and health professionals confused and frustrated. Using complexity science, "Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster" provides a radical new approach to understanding and managing diabetes that embraces its uncertainties and challenges. From a complexity perspective, the diabetes rollercoaster is normal and is a mirror of life itself. Learning to embrace and use the tools of complexity can completely alter your approach to diabetes. "Despite huge amounts of research, funding and effort, diabetes - like many other chronic illnesses - refuses to go away or even to get any easier to deal with. Health professionals have grown increasingly frustrated with their inability to develop radical improvements; patients and carers struggle to comply with complicated self management regimes. We believe that Complexity offers a way forward. Learning to balance rather than control diabetes is the ultimate goal of diabetes management." - Helen Cooper and Robert Geyer, in the Preface.

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