Diabetes educators in safety-net practices: a qualitative study

Journal Name: 
Diabetes Educ
Authors: 
Kahn,L.S.
Glaser,K.
Fox,C.H.
Patterson,A.
Abstract: 
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the issues and challenges faced by certified diabetes educator (CDE) trainees in providing diabetes self-management education to patients in safety-net practices. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with CDE trainees and a CDE mentor in 2 primary care practices. Transcripts were analyzed using a content-driven immersion-crystallization approach to identify major themes. RESULTS: Four major themes emerged from the qualitative interview data: (1) patient recruitment approaches, (2) patient barriers to attending diabetes education classes, (3) teaching challenges, and (4) CDE integration into the practices. CONCLUSIONS: This study underscores the need for diabetes educators and other health education professionals to be creative and flexible in delivering self-management education to patients in underserved settings. The complexity of diabetes care and the self-care responsibilities placed on the patient reinforce the need for a team approach such as that proposed in the medical home model and should include certified diabetes educators
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2011
Volume: 
37
Pages: 
212-219
Keywords: 
clinical, Diabetes, education, electronic, Family, Health, Health Education, Interviews, medical, Medicine, Methods, patient, Patients, primary care, Research, Research Support, Self Care, support, Teaching