Clinical Diabetes Programs: An Answer to the National Epidemic?

What's going through your head when you hear the word diabetes? Limited desserts? Medical bills stacked? For many Americans, this may be the case, and with the condition affecting 1 in 11 Americans and taking $ 322 billion to manage annually this is not a small problem. Diabetes, if it is not well managed, can lead to serious complications, such as hypoglycemic shock and permanent nerve damage. However, these costs and complications can be avoided with comprehensive diabetes management programs that many hospitals and health systems are implementing.

Montefiore Health System in New York, for example, has developed a clinical diabetes program that provides patients with comprehensive clinical services focused on collaboration with primary care physicians and in-depth patient education. . This program was developed by a team of endocrinologists with the participation of physicians, nurses, nutritionists and nurse educators and administered by staff of the organization's Clinical Diabetes Center. .

One of the major tenants of this program, self-management diabetes education is performed by certified diabetes educators in group sessions of 8 to 12 patients that last for ten hours over a period of five days. During these sessions, patients are informed about lifestyle changes and dietary changes that they must make to control their condition, as well as management and prevention tips for common complications such as hypertension. and hypercholesterolemia. The sessions extend over several days to help the patient keep his information and to make sure that they are not overwhelmed with information upon their return home.

To keep this program up to date with the latest advances in the field, nurses, pharmacists and nutritionists from the Diabetes Clinical Center meet once a week to present patient cases and discuss new developments in the diagnosis and management of diabetes. diabetes treatment. These new developments include fast-acting insulin that controls glucose levels better when a diabetic patient eats a high carbohydrate meal and a new sensor technology that continually monitors blood glucose levels . In addition, to gain a better understanding of new management practices and innovative treatment options, the organization has strong links with a major diabetes research center.

Since its inception in 2015, the program has received positive feedback from staff and patients. Staff found that the program was very effective in helping patients manage their diabetes and 92% of patients said that it helped them to better understand their condition. The program has been recognized twice by the American Diabetes Association for always adhering to national standards and for exemplary performance in diabetes care. It has also been recognized as a center of clinical excellence by the New York State Department of Health.

For more information on the Clinical Diabetes Program of Montefiore Health System see this case study . Not a member? Fill out the form below to find out how you can get unlimited access to HBI resources!

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