The Value of Diabetes Education

Over the past several years, AADE has made it a priority to build a body of evidence that demonstrates the value of diabetes educators and DSME in enhancing a variety of outcomes - clinical, financial, utilization, behavioral and satisfaction.

The following journal articles come from a variety of sources. Links provided will take you to an article abstract, with options to login or purchase to read the full article.

National Role Delineation Study of the Board Certification for Advanced Diabetes Management: Evidence-Based Support of the New Test Content Outline.

The national role delineation study reported here for the BC-ADM examination ensures that it is reflective of the current practice and required knowledge of the advanced diabetes manager.
Schreiner B, Kolb LE, O'Brian CA, Carroll S, Lipman RD.
Diabetes Educ. 2015 Aug 5. pii: 0145721715599269. [Epub ahead of print]

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support in Type 2 Diabetes: A Joint Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

This report provides an algorithm & guidance to HCPs on when to refer patients to diabetes educators and others. 
Powers MA, Bardsley J, Cypress M, Duker , Funnell MM, Hess Fischl A, Maryniuk MD, Siminerio L, Vivian E.
J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 June 2. pii: S2212-2672(15)00549-3.

Patient Experience in a Coordinated Care Model Featuring Diabetes Self-management Education Interated Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home

This report showed that individuals who received health care in a patient-centered medical home and could participate in diabetes self-management education with integrated support valued both activities. The qualitative results from this study suggest need for more formalized exploration of effective means to meet the ongoing support needs of people with diabetes.
Janiszewski D, O'Brian CA, Lipman RD.
Diabetes Educ.
2015 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Feasibility of smartphone-delivered diabetes self-management education and training in an underserved urban population of adults

This report explores the advantages and barriers to implementing telephonic support (diabetes self-management support) as a supplement to diabetes self-management education in underserved populations.
Bain TM, Jones ML, O'Brian CA, Lipman R.
J Telemed Telecare. 2015 Jan;21(1):58-60. 

Partnering with diabetes educators to improve patient outcomes

Diabetes self-management education is a collaborative process through which people with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behavior and to self-manage successfully the disease and its related conditions. This report relates the multi-faceted role of the diabetes educator in this process.
Burke SD, Sherr D, Lipman RD.
Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2014 Feb 12;7:45-53.

The future of diabetes education: expanded opportunities and roles for diabetes educators

This report concludes that increasing utilization of diabetes education and insight about health care trends can allow diabetes educators to thrive in the workplace of the future. Diabetes educators are urged to promote the evidence concerning the benefits of diabetes education, to work to increase physician referrals, and to acquire needed competencies for the workplace of the future.
Martin AL, Lipman RD.
Diabetes Educ. 2013 Jul-Aug;39(4):436-46.

Diabetes educators: skilled professionals for improving prediabetes outcomes

This report relates the importance of applying diabetes education to individuals with prediabetes as an effective means of controlling the diabetes epidemic.
Sherr D, Lipman RD.
Am J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;44(4 Suppl 4):S390-3

Reducing the risks of diabetes complications through diabetes self-management education and support

This report recommends that diabetes educators stay abreast of evolving models of care and build relationships with health care providers both within and beyond the diabetes care team as an effective means to reduce the risks of diabetes complications.
Kent D, D'Eramo Melkus G, Stuart PM, McKoy JM, Urbanski P, Boren SA, Coke L, Winters JE, Horsley NL, Sherr D, Lipman R.
Popul Health Manag. 2013 Apr;16(2):74-81.

The landscape for diabetes education: results of the 2012 AADE National Diabetes Education Practice Survey

Results of the 2012 NPS provide evidence that the practice of diabetes education is continuing to adapt to evolving models of health care in the United States by expanding the mix of practitioners providing education, engaging in necessary system support activities, and broadening the range of patients seen to include individuals at risk of developing diabetes.
Martin AL, Warren JP, Lipman RD.
Diabetes Educ. 2013 Sep-Oct;39(5):614-22.

Assessing the value of the diabetes educator

This study found that people with diabetes who attended multiple DSME sessions led by a diabetes educator were more likely to take medications as prescribed, receive guideline recommended care and have lower overall healthcare costs than individuals who did not receive DSME.
Duncan I, Ahmed T, Li QE, Stetson B, Ruggiero L, Burton K, Rosenthal D, Fitzner K.
Diabetes Educ. 2011 Sep-Oct;37(5):638-57.


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