How social media helps us with Type 1 Diabetes

Helping the newly diagnosed

In one of the very first pages I did for this blog I wrote this about the UK Diabetes Online Community on Twitter (#GBDOC):

“The info you can find is so useful that I think that the first advice from any DSN (diabetes specialist nurse) to any newly diagnosed UK patient – or their parent(s) if it’s a child – should be ‘get yourself on Twitter and search for #gbdoc’. Perhaps they should even take it further and refuse to let you leave hospital until you’ve set up your Twitter account and started to follow a few on the #gbdoc people… okay, maybe not.”

How? What? Where? Why?

I’ve created a leaflet which explains how social media has been useful to us; when we’ve used it and the responses we got back; the types of social media channels available; how to start.

NOTE: You can easily get to this page using the URL: http://bit.ly/circlesofblueleaflet

Click the leaflet on the right to download it, have a read and let me know what you think. If you’re going to print it, print it double sided and fold the leaflet as shown at the bottom of page 1.

If you think it’ll be useful to anyone please send them a link to this page, or share it on their Facebook page using the button below.

Health Care Professionals and Diabetes charities

I understand you might not wish to put this out as official material but if you’d like to do something similar I’m happy to help. Hopefully though you can point people in this page’s direction, using this link: http://bit.ly/circlesofblueleaflet.
Want to hear the view of a Doctor about the potential of Social Media use? Read this by Dr Partha Kar: Social media in diabetes: bane or boon?.

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3 Responses to How social media helps us with Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Vicki says:

    I absolutely love the leaflet. I wish I’d been made more aware of the DOC when I was first diagnosed. Now, if I hear someone is newly diagnosed, I make a point of telling them about it. No force-feeding, of course, but making them aware of the fact it’s there should they want to join in. Personally, it’s the best thing I’ve done!

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