Diabetes Literacy

Seventh Framework Programme European Commission

Patient-provider communication


    There is a robust body of research suggesting that effective physician communication can improve medication adherence among diabetes patients. Moving forward, we must engage patients in more meaningful ways in this dialog, particularly to understand barriers to adherence and develop shared treatment plans within the context of patients’ daily lives. Moreover, we must look to new communication media, such as email and other online services, to enhance and extend patient–provider relationships, with special attention to reducing barriers to communication for all patients.