The evidence has been clear for a long time: Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) improves clinical outcomes. What has been less defined are the key times when DSMES makes the greatest difference.
In 2015, AADE, the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, along with assistance from the National Diabetes Education Program, issued a joint position statement that defines the four times when a referral for DSMES is needed: at diagnosis, annually, when new complicating factors influence self-management, and when transitions occur.
The organizations have now taken the next step and created a toolkit to assist diabetes educators and others with sharing the information and recommendations included in the joint position statement. A detailed User Guide provides instruction on how to most effectively use each of the elements.
The toolkit includes downloadable 10, 5 and 2-slide customizable PowerPoint presentation decks for educators who are presenting to groups that can influence referrals, as well as templates for abstract submissions and provider letters, a patient flyer, and algorithm visuals.
Take a look.