“Diabetic” and “Noncompliant Diabetic”: Terms That Need to Disappear
Kyle R. Peters, PharmD
“Dr. Johnson, I have roomed your patients. Mr. Jones is a new diabetic in room 1; Mr. Smith, the noncompliant diabetic, is in room 2; and Mrs. Anderson, the gestational diabetic is in room 3. This morning's schedule is filled with diabetics.”
How many of you are gritting your teeth after reading this scenario? Hopefully, all of you; it was painful even writing it. When referring to people with diabetes, we should stop using the labels “diabetic” and “noncompliant diabetic.” These terms expose our ignorance to the management of diabetes and allow us an excuse when patients are not achieving their heath outcome goals.