Therapeutic education is a 'patient-centered' humanistic approach which not only allows patients to be actors in their own treatment and diet to improve their quality of life and success in losing weight, but also to reduce potential complications.
Therapeutic education of obese and diabetic patients has been carried out successfully for a number of years [13-16]. Its efficiency has been demonstrated on a number of occasions and it has been adapted to other chronic illnesses such as chronic bronchopneumopathy , sleep apnea syndrome [18, 19], cardiovascular illnesses , etc. This branch of medicine assumed a
definite identity with the publication of the first official definition in a WHO expert report .
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