The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) represents the interests of more than 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It seeks to protect and promote the interests of people around the world with diabetes and those at risk.

As part of its mission, the IDF has created a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of People with Diabetes. This document helps clarify the basic rights of all people with diabetes no matter where they live.

Here are the highlights:

People with diabetes have the right to care, including:

  • Early diagnosis and affordable and equitable access to care and treatment, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and age, including access to psychosocial care and support
  • Receive regular, reliable advice, education and treatment in accordance with evidence-based practice that centers on their needs, irrespective of the setting in which they receive that care
  • Appropriate transitional care, addressing the progression of the disease and the changes that occur with age

People with diabetes and the parents or caregivers of people with diabetes have the right to information and education, including:

  • Information and education about diabetes, including how it can be prevented, how early detection in high risk individuals is an advantage, how the disease can be managed effectively, and how to access education and clinical resources
  • High-quality diabetes self-management education at diagnosis and whenever needed that integrates the clinical, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects of diabetes in a group or individually
  • Individual access to their medical records and other relevant information if requested and the right for that information to be shared

People with diabetes have the right to social justice, including:

  • Be a fully engaged member of society, treated with respect and dignity by all, without feeling the need to conceal the fact they have diabetes
  • Affordable medicines and monitoring technologies
  • Be treated fairly in employment and career progression while acknowledging that there are certain occupations where identifiable risks may limit the employment of people with diabetes

To read more about the patient bill of rights and responsibilities, you can visit www.idf.org.