Group-based, person-centered diabetes self-management education: healthcare professionals’ implementation of new approaches

In the field of diabetes education, many healthcare professionals favour person-centeredness as a concept, but implementation in practice remains challenging. Programs have often a fixed curriculum dominated by biomedical issues. Person-centeredness in group-based programs requires a change in practice towards addressing biopsychosocial issues and facilitating group processes. The objective of this study, in which Can-Change member Dr. Michael Vallis participated, was to explore how healthcare professionals implement new approaches to facilitate group-based, person-centered diabetes education targeting people with type 2 diabetes.