Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


Practice Resources

ADCES Practice Documents


Practice documents inform and support the practice of diabetes care and 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 ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors® framework, and provides technical guidance to practitioners.

Position Statements

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

Perspectives in Practice papers

address the science behind the evolving role of the diabetes care and education specialist. Information and recommendations are evidence-based and peer reviewed.

Practice Papers

are ADCES-issued guidance for the diabetes care and education specialist on topics related to diabetes care and education. They offer expert opinion and reflect real-world practice.

Competencies for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

The Competencies for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists 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.

Paraprofessional Practice Levels and Competencies

The ADCES paraprofessional practice levels clarify the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals involved in the facilitation and/or delivery of diabetes education across a continuum of clinic- and community-based settings.

2017 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 care and education specialists 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.

National Standards for DSMES

Updated every five years, the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) provide guidelines for operating a DSMES program. It is required that all programs that are accredited/recognized by ADCES and ADA meet these guidelines in order to bill for Medicare.

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