Practice Resources

AADE Practice Documents

Practice documents inform and support the practice of diabetes education. They include position statements, practice guidelines, technical papers, and any other document that articulates the association's views and mission, reflects the current evidence and standards of diabetes care, supports the AADE7™ Self-Care Behaviors framework, and provides technical guidance to practitioners.

Position Statements

AADE issues position statements on topics related to diabetes education, as well as AADE's mission and goals. They are developed by a multidisciplinary group of diabetes educators, are peer-reviewed and are submitted for review and final approval to AADE's Board of Directors.


Practice Papers

Practice Papers are AADE issued guidelines for the diabetes educator on topics related to diabetes education and care. They include official documents and any other document that articulates AADE's views and mission, reflects the current evidence and standards of diabetes care, supports the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ framework, and provides technical guidance to practitioners.

Diabetes Educator Practice Levels

The AADE Practice Levels clarify the roles and responsibilities of all persons involved in the facilitation and/or delivery of diabetes education and care across a continuum of clinic- and community-based settings.

Competencies for Diabetes Educators

The Competencies for Diabetes Educators provides a master list of the knowledge and skills needed for each level of practice and serves as a basis for education, training, development, and performance appraisal of all clinicians engaged in diabetes education.

2015 National Practice Survey

The National Practice Study (NPS) is conducted biannually to assess current diabetes education practices in the United States with the goal of understanding current trends in the work in which diabetes educators engage.

Systematic Review

The study demonstrated that the addition of diabetes self-management education to usual care improves A1C levels compared with usual care alone.

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