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Diabetes Education Materials: Keeping patients interested

May 26, 2015

I am amazed by the amount of diabetes education materials available for diabetes educators and patients....aren't you? I have used videos, booklets, pamphlets, games, demonstrations, among many other delivery methods when providing DSME. I know many diabetes educators who have developed an armory of favorite education materials they provide to patients. I often receive free sample materials to preview for possible purchase. What are some of your favorite patient education materials?

Of course, cost containment is always priority, so I usually use materials I can acquire free of charge. The materials I use are from reputable sources, and I choose culturally relevant materials appropriate for educational level and language. Several states offer free culturally sensitive and relevant educational materials and are often used by diabetes education centers.

I often use the ones from the Texas Diabetes Council and the CDC National Diabetes Education Program. AADE also has patient education materials available--including videos and patient handouts. One of my favorite aspects of the national conference is finding out what new educational materials are being offered by the vendors.

A dilemma I encounter in the clinical setting is having patients become familiar, and sometimes bored, with the repetitive use of the same materials. Patients often get excited and eager to learn new management skills when new educational materials are available. I have found the introduction of new literature is crucial in ongoing DSME.

I am amazed and admire individuals and organizations who develop their own educational materials, but I wonder what the impetus is when there are so many resources available already in circulation. Throughout the years, I have collected a list of references, websites, and organizations that provide diabetes education materials. Do you have your own list of favorite resources? Please share them with me and your colleagues by leaving a comment below!

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