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. The recognition period runs for three years, through October 2010.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. 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 and psychological adjustment and pregnancy concerns for diabetes patients include preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management.
Assuring high-quality education for diabetes self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the participant can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management.
Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.
For more information, or to refer a patient, call Cynthia Nickerson, RN, CDE at 907-796-8649.