Successful Diabetes Management: A Two-Way Street

Managing diabetes consumes large portions of PAs’ time and energy and is a "part-time" job to people with diabetes (PWD). With U.S. annual diagnosed diabetes numbers at a staggering 11% of the population and 38% with pre-diabetes, generating a therapeutic alliance supporting lifelong learning and patient empowerment models is essential. This is a two-way street. Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) provide an evidence-based foundation empowering PWD to navigate self-management decisions and activities. DSMES is a cost-effective tool proven to improve health behaviors and health outcomes for PWD, yet its use is sub-optimal with less than 5% of Medicare beneficiaries and about 7% of privately insured using it. Why the low utilization? PAs must examine our role in empowering patients’ decision-making as “we are not always there,” to guide them. Learn how DSMES improves clinical time management while improving diabetes outcomes. Be part of the solution.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Describe diabetes care workload; what it means to cover all the bases
  • Discuss the concept of a therapeutic alliance and its mutually beneficial impact on PAs and PWD
  • Detail DSMES's role in your practice; the who, when and how of using it