CMH Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

The Caldwell Memorial Hospital Center for Diabetes Health diabetes self-management education program in Lenoir, N.C. has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The program was originally Recognized in August of 2000. This program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.

The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. 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.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. 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 overview; stress and psychosocial adjustment; family involvement and social support; nutrition; exercise and activity; medications; monitoring and use of results; relationships among nutrition, exercise, medication, and blood glucose levels; prevention, detection, and treatment of acute and chronic complications; foot, skin, and dental care; behavior change strategies, goal setting, risk factor reduction, and problem solving; benefits, risks and management options for improving glucose control; preconception care, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes; and use of healthcare systems and community resources.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the healthcare team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient 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.

The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide," commented Tara Mode, coordinator for the Center. "And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs."

For more information, contact the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Center for Diabetes Health at 757-6450.