White Papers

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.

Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy

This paper discusses the issue of health literacy and numeracy as numerous Americans have difficulty understanding basic health information needed to make decisions about their medical care. Many persons with diabetes have low health literacy that impedes their ability to understand and implement self-management behaviors necessary to maintain good glycemic control. Practical tips and approached for diabetes educators are described to address these limitations so as to improve patient understanding of health information and lead to better health outcomes.   December 2013

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Recommendations for Managing Patients with Diabetes Mellitus in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

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.   April 2012

Insulin Pump Therapy: Best Practices in Choosing and Using Infusion Devices

A multidisciplinary panel of experts was 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.  June 2011
Downloadable Resource: Choosing and Using Infusion Devices

Strategies for Insulin Injection Therapy in Diabetes Self-Management

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

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.  December 2009