Pilot Education Program Teaches Self-Management Skills For Diabetes
Teaching patients critical self-management skills in a new educational
program to help primary care physicians and their staffs improve
treatment for patients with diabetes is a new pilot program being
offered by Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
diabetes-related complications requires early detection, individualized
treatment and highly structured care, Joslin said.
Diabetes SmartStart™ aims to provide primary care physicians and
their staffs with the educational tools, information and support
necessary to provide that specialized care to 19,500 diabetes patients.
pilot, Joslin said it will evaluate patient, office staff and physician
satisfaction, and glycemic control of patients.
diabetes epidemic sweeps across America, Joslin is urgently exploring
many innovative approaches to putting Joslin knowledge at the
fingertips of clinicians and patients to enhance care," said Dr. Alan
C. Jacobson, senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Joslin
designed Joslin Diabetes SmartStart™ as an efficient,
cost-effective way for primary care physicians and their staffs to
learn how Joslin experts recommend they treat and teach their patients
with diabetes. Ideally, the result will be a noticeable improvement in
A1C levels of patients," he explained.
diabetes educators are assigned to advise each participating office and
will provide physicians’ staffs with instruction including: a
review of diabetes management skills, insulin planning, blood glucose
monitoring, the role of food and physical activity, and ways to reduce
physician practice will also receive educational materials to use with
patients. Joslin will encourage each physician to meet periodically
with his or her newly trained staff to discuss ways that Joslin
Diabetes SmartStart™ materials and educational techniques can be
incorporated into the workings of a busy practice.
Physicians will receive Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook: A Guide for Primary Care Providers,
as well as a Joslin Diabetes SmartStart™ kit containing patient
education and support materials in English and in Spanish, and an
office resource manual that includes Joslin’s Clinical
philosophy that a well-educated patient is a healthier patient is
proven every day at Joslin Clinic in Boston," said Sonya
Celeste-Harris, RN, MSN, program operations manager.
Address: Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215; (617) 732-2400, www.joslin.harvard.edu.