Psychological First Aid


  • Sanjay Kalra Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, India; University Center for Research & Development, Chandigarh University, Mohali, India
  • Atul Dhingra Department of Endocrinology, Bansal Gangaram Hospital, Sriganganagar, India
  • Kumar Abhisheka Department of Medicine and Endocrinology, Air Force Central Medical Establishment, New Delhi, India
  • Nitin Kapoor Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; Non-communicable disease unit, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.



In this communication, we discuss the concept of
psychological first aid, as relevant to diabetes
management. Psychological first aid, in the diabetes care
context, is defined as “the empathic support, counselling
and education to improve coping skills, and optimize selfcare
of persons living with diabetes, so that psychological
well-being can be optimized.” Various models can help
provide structured psychological first aid. We feel that each
and every health care provider should be able to provide
effective first aid, including psychological first aid.
Keywords: Diabetes, diabetes distress, insulin, person
centred care, psychosocial Aspects



How to Cite

Sanjay Kalra, Atul Dhingra, Kumar Abhisheka, & Nitin Kapoor. (2024). Psychological First Aid. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 74(6), 1189–1191.




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