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Major health problem in Oman


Diabetes mellitus is a major health problem in Oman, the prevalence is estimated to be 14% and it is expected to increase sharply in the next 25 years. Diabetes can affect any member of the family at any age. However, the impact on the family is variable depending on who is in the family affected, the socioeconomic status of the family, access to health care and others a factor. But the diagnosis of diabetes is always unpleasant news to the family regardless of previous mentioned factors. Biomedical model always directed to the numeric control of blood sugar level; however the psychosocial part in diabetic patient is extremely crucial in order to achieve the goal from treating diabetes. In this paper I will discuss the use of Biopsychosocial model and family therapy in caring of diabetic patient when different member of the family diagnosed with diabetes e.g.: Father, mother, child, adolescent, pregnant mother ... etc.


The objectives of this paper will be to:

  • Highlight the importance of the psychosocial aspect in diabetic patient.
  • Discuss the psychological manifestations of diabetes in different age group.
  • Illustrate how to use the BSSM in caring of diabetic patient.
  • Identify some obstacles on why health care providers are not implementing the BSSM and suggest some solutions.
  • Identify the role of family physician in caring of diabetic patient in frame of BSSM.
  • Propose a new model of caring about diabetic patient in Oman In which the BSSM is used instead of biomedical alone.


Online search for articles discussing the use of Biopsychosocial model in caring of diabetic patient published in the last 10 year. The paper will be divided in parts, each part will discuss one family member getting diabetes and it will start with case scenario followed by few questions and discussion. Last part will be allocated for proposal to health care authority in Oman in order to integrate Biopsychosocial model in caring of diabetic patient in Oman. The paper is potential for publication in Omanis journals (e.g. SQUMJ, OMJ) aiming to bring changes in health system for better care.


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