Patient Education

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by David Hite PhD

Point of diagnosis educational interventions are powerful "teachable moments" that set the stage for positive change and help your diabetic patients understand that a positive clinical outcome is a shared responsibility. I introduce my patients to a plan I call the 5Ms of Diabetes Self-Care.1 It's a common sense plan that's as easy to explain as it is to understand and follow.

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by R. Keith Campbell Rph, FAADE, CDE

It is an exciting time to be a person with diabetes (PWD). So many new drugs have been developed to treat a PWD. We are also aware that diabetes is much more than trying to keep blood glucose levels close to normal. Blood pressure and lipids need to be normalized to try to prevent cardiovascular disease. Coping skills and stress management skills need to be learned to help prevent depression. Adequate sleep and hydration need to be managed as well.

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by David Hite PhD

Health care costs from chronic conditions account for about 75% of the cost of health care. Nearly half of all adults live with a chronic health problem that requires daily monitoring and self-management. As health care providers we understand the benefits of shared action plans and collaboration with our patients. But standard approaches to population management are quickly becoming outmoded as the use of technology increases.

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by Kim Coy DeCoste RN, MSN, CDE

It isn’t often that I find myself having a difficult time figuring out what to write or say, but for some reason while trying to come up with a topic to write about this month, I was at a loss. Then it came to me. What did we practice writing over and over again when we were first learning to write? Our ABCs, of course.

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by R. Keith Campbell Rph, FAADE, CDE

Research shows that when men see a health care professional (HCP), the issue of sexual health is seldom if ever discussed. This is simply sad. Individuals who have a well-balanced and happy life usually need to be in a loving, caring and sexually active relationship.

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by R. Keith Campbell RPh, FAADE, CDE

I bet that all of you enjoyed playing “this little piggy went to market.” Toes and feet are important and require special attention if you have diabetes. I was diagnosed with diabetes soon after I was eight years old. I was sent to a diabetes education program taught by an endocrinologist/diabetes specialist.

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