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LIVING

Reasons to be cheerful

Dr Rose Stewart is a

Consultant Clinical

Psychologist and Diabetes

Psychology Lead at Betsi

Cadwaladr University Hospital Board.

She is also an author as well as being

the Chair of UK Diabetes Psychology

Network and one of Diabetes UK's

Clinical Champions.

It's often assumed that we all want

to go on diabetes technology, but

that's not always the case. Likewise,

not everyone who gets to go on it,

stays on it. The reasons can be simple

- 'I don't want people to see it and

ask me about it', or more complex

with many factors involved.

Of course, no one wants anyone

to have a bad time with diabetes tech,

but it's often been said that it's about

getting the right bit of kit, to the right

person, at the right time. There's

also a philosophy of trying to get it

right first time (GiRFT) which can

mean that it takes time to get to the

right decision.

It's obviously very hard to know

what it's going to be like using a

particular bit of kit until you actually

give it a try and access to it has, to

date, been one of the biggest factors

for the drag in uptake. Here, Dr

Stewart looks at some of the reasons

why some people are wary about

diabetes tech.

Three's company

Says Stewart, "I often use a quote

from Douglas Adams, who wrote

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the

Universe, who said that 'technology

is a word that describes something

that doesn't work yet.', as it reminds

me that we're on a journey with

diabetes technology. It's a time of real

We spoke to Dr Rose Stewart about emotional health

and the psychological impact of technology on people

living with Type 1 diabetes.

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