Marking the World Diabetes Day 2020

By Nataša Stojnić


As a result of the measures taken to cope the Covid 19 epidemic, we held a virtual training session and celebrated World Diabetes Day, which took place on 14th of November 2020.


The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day is "Nurses make change". Nurses guide people with diabetes through the life by supporting them with knowledge, skills, correct procedures and empathy. They advise and support these people in coping with their illness by themselves. They also offer knowledge on how to acquire additional skills and competencies and help them to live a healthier lifestyle in order to prevent the occurrence of chronic complications.


The main topics of the professional meeting "Person with Diabetes" were professional counselling with people with diabetes, the organization of work - the connection of the primary level (with the health education centres) with the secondary level in Community Health Centre Ljubljana (CHCL), nutritional counselling in family medicine practice and what people with diabetes told us in the focus groups we conducted in the SCUBY project.


The training was intended for registered nurses in family medicine practices in the CHCL. The response to the event was excellent. The training was attended by 22 registered nurses, members of the SCUBY project, lecturers and the organizing committee. The participants of the training praised the meeting and confirmed the inclination that we know and are able to cooperate and that we will strengthen the cooperation in 2021.

Majda Mori Lukančič during an educational session


After a virtual training session with registered nurses in the afternoon, we also held a video conference in collaboration with Central Technical Library, which was also aimed at the lay population. We talked about elevated blood sugar levels and the early detection of diabetes. Civil society is also important and contributes to taking care of the health and preventing early incidence of the disease or detecting it very early. People in the narrow and extended family of a diabetic, his friends, co-workers and employers want to know a lot about this disease. In the live broadcast, 47 people listened to the presentation. The presentation, which is available on Youtube, was subsequently watched by 197 people. Watch the video here.

Majda Mori Lukančič during an educational session


An analysis of the knowledge evaluation showed that registered nurses need additional knowledge about acute complications of diabetes and on how to manage people with diabetes in order to improve treatment at the primary care level. However, people show a need for additional knowledge about hypoglycaemia, nutrition and complications of diabetes.


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