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June 1984

National Consensus Standards for Diabetic Patient Education Programs: A First Step in Solving an Important Puzzle

Author Affiliations

Kentucky Diabetes Foundation and the Human Diabetes Center 120 N Eagle Creek Dr Lexington, KY 40509

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(6):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350180049005

Patient education in self-care is an important component of any treatment program for persons with diabetes mellitus.1 The relevance of effective patient instruction is underscored by the many complex survival skills for which the patient is responsible. Diabetic patients provided effective instruction in self-care may suffer less morbidity2 and economic loss3 than those without instruction. As much as 40% of all hospitalizations caused by diabetes as the primary diagnosis may be partly or completely attributable to a lack of patient knowledge in proper self-care.4

There has been increasing concern about the availability and quality of services for patient education in hospitals and health agencies.5 A large minority of American hospitals have grossly inadequate programs of diabetic patient education.6 This may even be true for academic institutions.7 In many institutions, instruction is left to printed materials or primary care nurses. Printed materials may require

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