Press Release

AADE develops uniform patient behavior change metrics

For Release: August 3, 2011

Contact: Diana Pihos,, 312.601.4864, or David Harrison,, 410.843.3869

The American Association of Diabetes educators (AADE), has developed a uniform system of measuring whether patients are effectively changing their behaviors to better manage their condition. The Behavior Score Dashboard™ fulfills a long-standing need for a consistent method of measuring behavior change, which is the ultimate goal of diabetes education. 

Once patients with diabetes learn to manage their condition through changing their diet and lifestyle and addressing their individual risk factors, many of the more serious complications that can arise will be mitigated or prevented.

Developed by a multidisciplinary workgroup, the Behavior Score Dashboard will help diabetes educators engage their patients in goal setting and assess their progress over time, and it will complete gaps in awareness of the critically important role that diabetes education plays in achieving behavior change.

“Until the development of this tool, specific metrics for measuring diabetes-related behavior change had not been defined; and it was up to the discretion and experience of each diabetes educator to determine the level of progress that the patient had achieved,” said AADE President Donna Tomky, MSN, RN, C-NP, CDE, FAADE. “This new tool will help all diabetes educators be able to more effectively set realistic goals with their patients and uniformly measure their success.”< /div>

The instrument is a questionnaire that captures patient-reported actions for each of the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ – Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks and Healthy Coping – over a specific period of time.

For each behavior, patients are asked about their current behaviors, how well they understand those behaviors and their level of confidence in attaining a successful outcome with that behavior. The tool also allows for variations in goals and plans across individuals and diabetes educators.

The tool was field tested at Emory University (Atlanta) in 2009 and pilot tested at Western Montana Clinic (Missoula) and Baylor Health Care System’s Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute (Dallas) in 2010-2011.

It will be integrated in the AADE7 System as a patient self-assessment form and will also be available as a free, stand-alone tool for download.