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HMC’s Pediatrics’ Department initiates support group for children with diabetes

HMC’s Pediatrics’ Department initiates support group for children with diabetes

Hamad General Hospital’s (HGH) Pediatrics Department has created a support group that aims to improve quality of life for children living with diabetes who receive insulin pump therapy.

Dr. Fawziya Al Khalaf, Head of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at HMC’s Pediatrics Department said: “We initiated the support group in January 2015 as part of efforts to motivate patients with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes towards better control and compliance with their treatment regimen. Type 1 diabetes is the most common type of childhood diabetes, comprising around 1,000 patients being provided care at HGH’s Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit,” Dr. Al Khalaf explained.

The support group provides counselling to patients with poorly controlled diabetes who experience difficulties in adhering to their care plan and who may have social problems at home and in the community.

This is done through one-on-one and group sessions. One-on-one sessions are held at least once a week to cultivate a friendlier and warm environment between patients and their families in each similar age group. Group sessions are held once every two months.

Dr. Al Khalaf noted that the core support team includes motivated patients who are successfully managing their diabetes, as well as their family members, and that they have been selected because of their skills in teaching and sharing information.

The support group will have an educational session at the end of this month in Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City’s Bayt Al Dhiyafah (formerly known as the Club Hotel).

 [Photo courtesy: Melissa Wiese via Flickr]


  1. Naturebox

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