Four years since publication of the Diabetes and emotional health handbook, this second edition features a design refresh and updated content
By Sienna Russell-Green 
It’s been 4 years since the Diabetes and emotional health handbook and toolkit  (2016) was published. Therefore, it was time to review and consider revision of its content and format.
Based on user feedback, the original handbook has now been developed into an interactive pdf. This new format reflects the change from a hardcopy ‘Handbook’ to a ‘Practical guide’ (available digital by default). ‘Practical guide’ is a term also consistent with the Diabetes UK’s 2019 adaptation  of this resource.
Design changes are minimal and meaningful – every change is intended to make the resource more user-friendly for use on a desktop, laptop computer or tablet. These changes include:
- An interactive navigation menu (at the top of the page) in all chapters, enabling the user to move easily between chapters, or between sections within chapters. It features direct links to ‘Key messages’, ‘Background’, ‘Resources’ etc.
- Navigation buttons (‘previous page’ and ‘next page’), to ease movement between chapters, and from the 7 A’s diagrams to relevant text elsewhere.
- Active hyperlinks that point to resources, websites, journal articles and books.
In addition, we reviewed the content to make sure that what was written in 2016 was still consistent with the most recent evidence and available resources. We consulted recent systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses and key empirical research published from May 2016 to July 2019.
Importantly, we have retained the 7 A’s model as a consistent framework, throughout the resource, for guiding health professionals through the process. Elsewhere, we’ve taken a ‘light approach’ when updating the resource. Extensive content changes have been made only where there was new evidence relevant for clinical practice. These include: Chapter 1 (Communication and engagement), Chapter 5 (Psychological barriers to insulin use), and Appendix B (Peer support). The latter has been expanded to report on greater evidence of the valuable role that peer support can play in supporting the self-management, and emotional needs, of people with diabetes.
You can download a FREE copy of the new ‘Diabetes and Emotional Health’ practical guide and toolkit from the Diabetes Australia / NDSS website .
Hendrieckx C, Halliday JA, Beeney LJ, Speight J. Diabetes and emotional health: a practical guide for health professionals supporting adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Canberra: National Diabetes Services Scheme, 2nd edition, 2020.