Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology
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Conversational Map Tool
Conversation Map tools are an innovative tool for patient education, supported by IDF .The program is designed to better engage people with diabetes - through their interactions with healthcare professionals and their peers to learn about behavior changes ,diabetes self management and improved quality of life.
1. The Conversation Map Visual
This tool creates an easy and common mental picture for all participants to learn from and discuss. It is a 3x5-ft colorful picture that the group will focus on and work through during each session with the help of facilitator.
2. The Conversation Questions
The conversation questions are read by the facilitator. These conversation questions have been focus-group tested to ensure that certain learning goals are achieved; they are anticipated to be flexible so that all types of persons/groups can navigate the process and benefit from it. The conversation questions prompt the participants to discuss various topics throughout the session.
3. The Discussion Cards
Discussion cards are used to bring additional information to the sessions and also play a vital role in correction of myths by facts. The participant feels that they are in a game and in an enjoyable manner learn a lot about diabetes self management.
4. The Group (participants)
Conversation Map tools are designed to be used with groups of 3 to 10 participants. This provides enough participants to learn from one another, but not too many that it becomes a real challenge to facilitate.
5. The Facilitator
The facilitator’s role is not like that of a typical lecturer or teacher. In the Conversation Map process, the facilitator uses the structured materials to guide the group conversation and engage participants in exploration and learning in friendly manner. The facilitator’s role is to create a non offensive environment in which participants can learn from the map and other provided materials from each other, and from the facilitator with fun and interest.
6. Action Plan
Most important aspect of the Conversation Map process is providing participants with a process by which they can plan changes in their decision making and behaviors.
Benefits of Conversation Map tools for Patients:
  • Map shows the effect of food on blood sugar, sources of fat and carbohydrates, effective meal planning, and resources that patients can use to make wise food choices.
  • During mapping session patient learn how to develop an activity plan for patients and talking about ways to overcome common barriers to increased physical activity.
  • With the help of these session patient learn about blood sugar, blood pressure, and other diabetes monitoring equipment. Educators teach how to use the equipment correctly, how often and when they should test, what appropriate target ranges are, and how to interpret test results.
  • Patients learns how the medicines work, potential side effects, timing and frequency of administration, and what happens if patients don’t take their medication as prescribed.
  • These maps help patients to develop effective coping strategies for the variety of health-related situations that may arise because of their disease.
  • Most important benefit of Conversation map is to make changes in self-care behaviors, such as quitting smoking, having regular eye and foot examinations, and monitoring blood pressure and blood sugar, and tracking personal care records.
  • During these session facilitator identify psychological and social factors that affect their health and can help them continue with effective self-care behaviors.
Conversation Map session In Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology:
Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology came into existence in the year 1996. BIDE has introduced innovative concept of collaborative services first time in Pakistan; where consultation and advice by the consultant diabetologist, the nutritionist, and the diabetes educator coupled with prompt laboratory support services has made the management plan of a single visit, increasingly convenient and compliant. The concept of a "Diabetes Care Team" has proved very successful.

BIDE is also Pioneer of Diabetes education in Pakistan. Since 2009 BIDE is conducting Conversation map tool sessions under the supervision of expert trainer of Conversation map tool Miss. Erum Ghafoor. She has been trained in Danmark and Spain for Conversation map tools. She has trained more than 230 facilitators who are facilitating more and more patients to improve their diabetes self management and quality of life.