J Korean Diabetes.  2023 Dec;24(4):227-231. 10.4093/jkd.2023.24.4.227.

Using Motivational Interviewing to Overcome Psychological Insulin Resistance

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Psychological insulin resistance can delay insulin therapy when initiating insulin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The role of diabetes educator is important in reducing patients’ psychological insulin resistance through various approach. Motivational interviewing not only promotes diabetes selfmanagement, but also can help to overcome psychological insulin resistance. Diabetes educators can help smooth the transition to insulin in diabetic patients using motivational interviewing. In this article, I introduce basic counseling skills of motivational interviewing addressing psychological insulin resistance.


Diabetes mellitus; Insulin resistance; Motivational interviewing; Psychological interview


  • Fig. 1. Psychological insulin resistance for Korean patients with diabetes. Adapted from the article of Song et al. (J Korean Acad Nurs 2016;46:813-23) [8] under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivs (CC BY-ND 4.0) license.


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