Samatvam has several clinical dieticians. They work with diabetes teams in the outpatient clinics, the type 2 clinic, the pregnancy clinic, the children and youth clinic, and the diabetes units of affiliated hospitals.
The aim of the work:
Individual nutrition counselling of persons with diabetes to advise on balancing food, physical exercise and insulin in everyday life and at social events with a view to securing optimal wellbeing. The advice given to people with diabetes must take account of personal preferences and lifestyle.
The major part of the work concerns giving individual nutritional advice to patients during one-to-one consultations at the outpatient clinics.
A dietician is attached to each diabetes care team. This means that patients can be offered a closely monitored dietary programme for a short period, and/or a consultation with the dietician if needed.
The dieticians also take part in the so-called special programmes, e.g. hypertension or dyslipidaemia, where the team collaborates on the treatment.
In the type 2 clinic, the dieticians review patients’ food and exercise habits and help set individual dietary management targets, which are followed up by patients attending courses or individual consultations. The dieticians and nurses collaborate to achieve optimal diabetes management. The dieticians participate in multidisciplinary arrangements targeted towards treatment or education.