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Promoting Person-Centered Care

The person-centered care pillar is multifaceted. It means that every person with diabetes receives care that “speaks to them” and is delivered in an inclusive manner. It also means that every person with diabetes should have access to care that is delivered by, developed by or supervised by a diabetes care and education specialist.

Practice Paper

Cultural and Health Literacy Considerations with Diabetes

The way that a person with diabetes processes and utilizes information depends heavily on health literacy and numeracy skills, prior life experiences and social support, each of which are shaped by culture.  This paper breaks down how the diabetes care and education specialist must approach education with each individual to meet their needs.

practice paper

Key points addressed in this paper:

  1. The role of the diabetes care and education specialist in assessing health literacy and numeracy
  2. The impact of health literacy and numeracy on diabetes self-management and available tools for screening
  3. The changing demographics in diabetes and the need for cultural sensitivity in care
  4. Cultural terminology and strategies to implement them into practice
  5. eHealth considerations for the diabetes care and education specialist



Resources for Person-Centered Care

Psychosocial Care for Diverse People with Diabetes

Psychosocial Care for Diverse People with Diabetes

Understanding Health Literacy and Numeracy

understanding health literacy and numeracy

Cultural Considerations for the Diabetes Care Team

The Role of Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Overall Diabetes Language-
Use Guidelines

diabetes language guidance

Inclusive Care for LGBTQ People with Diabetes

Inclusive Care for LGBTQ People with Diabetes

Diabetes Guide to Foods of African Heritage

Diabetes Guide to Foods of African Heritage

 



 

From the Podcast

EPISODE SUMMARY

Working with individuals from cultures different than your own can come with challenges that directly impact effective self-care. Diabetes care and education specialist Patricia Davidson, DCN, RDN, CDE, LDN, FAND is the co-author for AADE’s new cultural competency and health literacy practice paper and in this episode, shares her tips to implementing best practices for relevant, individualized care. We discuss why it’s critical to go beyond being culturally competent so that care addresses both cultural sensitivity and humility. We wrap up with tactics to implement culturally appropriate care.

EPISODE SUMMARY

Anyone can be impacted by health literacy barriers, no matter their ability or education level. That’s why assessing an individual to determine what they understand is critical to ensuring successful self-management. In this episode, Katherine O’Neal, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, CDE, BC-ADM, AE-C, CLS, co-author for AADE’s new cultural competency and health literacy practice paper, discusses ways to assess for health literacy and address barriers that might impact the individual’s ability to understand and follow treatment plans. We talk through the five categories of health literacy, identify how to assess for understanding and we end with tools you can use to overcome barriers.

 

 

Featured AADE Blog Post

Adeola Akindana, DNP, CRNP, FNP, CDE

Putting the Person at the Center of All We Do

By Adeola Akindana, DNP, CRNP, FNP, CDE

As an organization, we believe that all people with diabetes should have access to care and education that is provided by, developed by or supervised by a diabetes care and education specialists. We also believe it is important for diabetes care and education specialists to ensure they are meeting their patients “where they are.” This is important as person-centered care lends itself to a quality of personal, professional and organizational relationships. Having this type of relationship has also been said to help reduce feelings of diabetes distress thus improving outcomes and effectiveness of communications between the patient, family and provider.





Related Education

Online Course: Cultural Competence for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists
Explores the finer areas of how to be more culturally competent when working with people in African American, Latino, Asian and Arab populations, specifically in the context of diabetes education. 2 CE

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