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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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  1. Oct 12, 2010

    I agree there are many free materials and the cost of producing new pieces is very time consuming in addition to being expensive. For the low literacy client and for hospitalized clients that need some very basic information, I use material for that can be downloaded & printed at any time. It has much white space along with interesting graphics. I especially like the sheets with graphics on Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia. In the past I have ordered a colorful brochure from the EPA about safe needle disposal but at present, it seems you can only order 1 copy at the time. Do you know of any other resource for that information? If so, please share. Thanks.
  2. Sep 24, 2010

    As an educator, do you ever ask your patients if they would be interested in participating in a clinical trial? That is one area that I, as an educator, neglected. Now that I am involved in clinical trials, I see that it is imperative that providers and educators make patients aware of clinical trials. If you need information regarding what is available, you can go to
  3. Sep 23, 2010

    Are there any projections on how many CDES would be needed to provide diabetes education over the next ten years?
  4. Sep 22, 2010

    I love the handout from Novo Nordisk that has pictures and simple information about hypoglycemia on one side and hyperglycemia on the other side!

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