Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

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Published on June 07, 2017

Concord Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

Diabetes RibbonConcord Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program was originally recognized in June 1994 and offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.

The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. The participant in an ADA recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the education recognition program. Through the support of the healthcare team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications for diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” commented Della Flanagan, Concord Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Education program manager. “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”

Concord Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program provides training and self-management education to people with diabetes and their families. The program is a comprehensive outpatient referral-based education program that empowers patients to take control and successfully manage their diabetes. By participating in the program, patients have an opportunity to fully understand the rationale for early aggressive intervention to prevent complications from diabetes.

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