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How Can a Comic Book Help Patients with Diabetes?

Trevor Torres, Student, Patient, “Diabetes Evangelist”

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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss an innovative way to educate patients.
  • Recognize the importance of communicating with patients in multiple ways.

Description: We’ve all heard of Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. But what about Insuman?

Insuman is a character in a comic book designed to help health care professionals educate and creatively connect with kids who have diabetes. “The point of the comic is to demonstrate that as a person with diabetes, you’re going encounter a lot of challenges,” says Trevor Torres, one of the comic book’s co-creators and a patient with Type 1 diabetes. “But if you can approach it with a good attitude … that can really go a long way.”

After the video, download a free copy of the comic book and learn how to make your own health comic here.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think a comic book might be a valuable way to connect with patients?
  2. Are there any potential downsides to educating patients about serious topics with something like a comic book? 
  3. Why is it important to communicate with patients in unique and creative ways? 
  4. Have you ever seen a comic book about a disease or medical condition? What was your reaction? 
  5. Read Trevor’s comic book, available at Do you think it achieves Trevor’s objectives?
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