oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - Communication in diabetes management : overcoming the challenges : review article

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9677
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1009



Medicine is both a science and an art; a delicate balancing act of scientific diagnostic reasoning and management on the one hand, and the development and nurturing of a relationship with another person, on the other. Patients seek a healthcare provider who can provide them with a service. They want someone who will provide explanations, answer their questions, and alleviate their fears. Patient adherence to chronic medication regimens is greatly improved if a bond of trust exists, to sustain a strong doctor-patient relationship.

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