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November 20, 1981

Educating Diabetic Patients

Author Affiliations

St Francis Hospital Milwaukee

JAMA. 1981;246(20):2380. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320200062033

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The word "doctor" has the literal and traditional meaning of "teacher," and the education of patients with diabetes mellitus has been especially regarded as an integral part of their medical management. This is because the patient with diabetes must ultimately play a key role in managing his own disease. In the last decade the role of the physician has been expanded to that of director of a team of educators consisting of, at the least, a nurse-clinician and nutritionist. This altered approach has occurred through the increasing recognition that further advances toward conquering diabetes depend on improved levels of patient education, and physicians by themselves often do not have the time or educational tools required to bring about successful behavior modification in diabetic patients.

To bring together current information and experience for all those involved in diabetes education, a committee of the American Diabetes Association developed the idea for this