Diabetes Self-Management Education
CPE: Free recorded webinar for home-study credit
Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education
Allison Smith, MPH, CHES
Diabetes Program Manager
Georgia Department of Public Health
GPhA and the Georgia Department of Public Health present a free webinar, Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education.
Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education looks at how pharmacists are positioned to move the needle on diabetes outcomes in Georgia through DSME program accreditation.
Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education is available on demand. It will discuss the advantages of DSME certification to patients and pharmacists and will conclude with next steps you can take to begin offering this practice expanding service. Click here to register.
After completing this session, learners will be able to:
- Describe Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)
- Outline National Standards for DSMES
- Outline the benefits of DSME and explain the accreditation process
- Describe the importance of providing DSME to the community for reducing the burden of diabetes in Georgia
A library of resources
Pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists are likes peas in a pod when it comes to helping patients with diabetes. At least that’s the approach PPOD takes. Pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists are well-positioned to spot symptoms and help bring about better outcomes. Find out how with this free toolkit from the CDC.
California Academy of Family Physicians Diabetes Change: The Care Model
Diabetes patients need an active, continuously available support community. The Care Model provides a model for what this community looks like and how it functions.
The Care Model integrates community, organizational, practitioner, and patient systems. It’s evidence-based (we like that) and highly personal, thanks to planned interactions and interventions. Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed the Care Model. Click here to read more about this resource.
Two Physician-facing resources pharmacists will want to know about
Here’s a sobering statistic: “In the average primary care practice, it’s likely that one-third of patients over age 18, and half over age 65, have prediabetes.” Here’s another: Only about 10 percent of people who have prediabetes are aware that they do. These two resources are for physicians, but they provide useful information for pharmacists, too.
- AMA/CDC Diabetes Toolkit. The AMA/CDC Diabetes Toolkit contains guidelines for screening for and delaying the onset of diabetes. Check out the directory of diabetes prevention centers, located near the end of the document.
- Prevent Diabetes STAT. Screen. Test. Act. Today. If that sounds urgent, well, it is. The STAT model is designed to prevent diabetes through prediabetes screening and lifestyle change. Early intervention through a structured lifestyle can reduce risk by 58% — that’s compared to a 31% reduction in risk with the drug Metformin. Check it out.
Prediabetes Awareness Campaign
Did you know that 86 million Americans have prediabetes? That means that more than one in three Americans is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. And about 90% of those don’t even know they’re at risk. That means that almost a third of your patients
Unpack that statistic for a minute: almost a third of patients coming into community retail pharmacies are at risk. This campaign is designed to raise awareness by prompting a simple question: Do I have prediabetes? It’s a reasonable question to ask given the odds. We bet your patients would agree.
This is the first prediabetes campaign from the Ad Council. (That’s the folks who gave us the iconic Keep America Beautiful campaign with a crying Iron Eyes Cody.) Use their prediabetes campaign to inform your patients about how they can take a short, online risk test.
Resources for pharmacists interested in DSME accreditation
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs help diabetes and prediabetes patients achieve better blood glucose control by self-managing their condition. DSME stresses knowledge and results-based life choices. DSME is a crucial part of blood glucose control. DSME is empowering to patients and to pharmacists, who provide a valuable service to physicians seeking to better their diabetes and prediabetes outcomes.
- Georgia Department of Public Health. Georgia pharmacies interested in DSME accreditation need to start with the Georgia Department of Public Health. Over the past few years, DPH has helped several Georgia pharmacies earn accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Click here for DPH’s overview of the accreditation process, and for a portal into a wealth of knowledge and resources.
- Go Ask Allison. Got more questions about DSME accreditation? You need to touch base with Allison Smith, MPH, CHES. She’s the Diabetes and Vision Program Manager at DPH. Check out a recording of her talk on DSME. Or email her directly at Allison.Smith@dph.ga.gov
- Georgia Diabetes Action Plan 2015
The Georgia Diabetes Action Plan 2015 explores the cost and complications of diabetes. It also proposes how DPH will reduce this burden. Partnerships are key — with the Department of Community Health and other state agencies. So is public engagement, through awareness raising, screenings, and quality improvement efforts.
- Georgia Pharmacy magazine’s February 2017 cover story: “DSME: Helping your patients help themselves” — a look at how Georgia pharmacists are making a difference in their patients’ lives and in their own practices by adopting DSME (four-page PDF).