With the assistance of a multidisciplinary group of diabetes educators and other content experts, AADE develops white papers on topics related to diabetes education and care.
The American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) recognized the need to provide their members with evidence based information about diabetes and its management to enable them to follow best practices for working with individuals with diabetes in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. AACVPR and AADE members collaborated on this paper to underscore the value in the AADE7™ Self-Care Behaviors and specific challenges of managing glycemic control in conjunction with exercise.
A multidisciplinary panel of experts were convened to discuss best practices in the management
of infusion devices for continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), also called insulin pump
therapy. The panel discussion focused on infusion set selection, set usage, patient
training/education, troubleshooting, special populations and the role of the diabetes educator in
achieving successful outcomes with insulin pump therapy. The importance of individual assessment
was a key theme of the discussion.
Downloadable Resource: Choosing and Using Infusion Devices
AADE convened a multidisciplinary expert panel to propose guidelines for insulin injection therapy. The panel examined best practices and explored effective problem solving for patients who have difficulty with insulin injections. Among the topics addressed were insulin absorption, pain injection sites, safety, barriers to insulin therapy, and teaching techniques for various populations. April 2011
Addressing the Need for an Instrument to Measure Behavior Change in Diabetes Self-Management Education
This paper describes the development of a behavior score instrument (BSI), which is designed to quantify diabetes-related self-management behaviors and objectively measure their change over time by a multi-diciplinary work group. The behavior score instrument will help diabetes educators engage people with diabetes in goal setting for DSME/T and fill gaps in our understanding about the effectiveness of DSME/T in achieving behavior change. June 2011
A Sustainable Model of Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training Involves a Multi-Level Team That Can Include Community Health Workers
This paper is designed to help diabetes educators understand how to meet the ever-increasing needs of people with diabetes while also ensuring the future viability of their own program by expanding the educational team. Building upon the AADE Guidelines and Competencies, the paper offers practical ways to involve community health workers in the diabetes education team. Scenarios present sample concepts as well as examples from real-world situations, focusing on specific activities in DSME/T that involve community health workers and relate to behavior change. April 2010
Men’s Health, Low Testosterone and Diabetes: Individualized Treatment and a Multidisciplinary Approach
A panel of experts convened to explore the issues surrounding low testosterone (low T) in men with diabetes. The panel discussion focused on the screening and diagnosis of low T, treatment options, and barriers to assessment and treatment. Other topics addressed by the panel included strategies for communication between patient and provider, patient education, the role of the diabetes educator, and the importance of individualized treatment and a multidisciplinary approach.