Diabetes Distress Screening Results from 7/14/12 Dance

by Kenzie on August 7, 2012

Katie Savin, MSW and Kathy Solis, RD, CDE at the Dance Out Distress screening table

Part of our mission is to provide ongoing support. Katie Savin, Medical Social Worker and Dance Out Diabetes volunteer did just that by providing an opportunity for participants to Dance Out Distress!

Nearly half of the Hot Hula attendees participated in a diabetes-related distress screening. Of those, half of the people screened scored higher than average in the severity of their diabetes-related distress. All participants received a pamphlet on ways to reduce and prevent this distress. People who scored higher also received referrals to local diabetes support groups and one received a referral to individual counseling with a follow-up plan in place.

Miss the dance and want to check your level of diabetes distress? Find out by answering the first two questions in this questionnaire. The professional scoring sheet is included for your reference and we invite you to attend the August 11, 2012 dance to discuss any questions you have. Please note the screening tool is in English and Spanish.
[Source: Polonski, W.H., Fisher, L., Earles, J., Dudley, R.J., Lees, J., Mullan, J.T. & Jackson, R.A. (2005). Assessing psychological stress in diabetes. Diabetes Care. 28, 626 – 631.]

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