Next up in the nursing news this week let’s shift to some positive news. There have been some new items in the news recently around diabetes education and since nurses are most often involved in diabetes education for patients I thought it would be a good idea to look at what’s going on.

Best of Both Worlds in Cost and Effectiveness

Diabetes-Words-educationThe article I’m talking about I found over at Medscape.com for nurses. They wrote about a new study that looks at how 1-on-1 counseling compares to group counseling for education and maintenance of diabetes. They looked at 75,000 diabetes patients in this study trying to determine if group counseling was not only cost effective but also created better outcomes for the diabetes patients.

Apparently the group counseling option represents a best of both worlds option for diabetes patient care. Group counseled patients seem to get additional accountability to maintaining their illness better when working in groups. Not only did they have better blood sugar labs after the study when in group counseling, but they also had fewer ER visits, fewer hospitalizations related to diabetes, and fewer foot ulcers.

Improving Outcomes for Diabetes Patients

This is important for all the nurse diabetes educators out there and I hope that local facilities will look into implementing this type of research as we continue to look at how we can reduce costs while improving patient outcomes. Getting that chronic diabetes patient who always seems to show up in the ER to go to group counseling may be just the trick to keep them out of trouble next time.

I’ll keep you posted as I continue to follow this story and others like it. What are you doing in your facility to help with diabetes education and referrals to counseling for your diabetes patients? I’d love to hear from one of you that is a diabetes educator. Shoot me an email to NursingShow@gmail.com. Maybe you can come on the show as a guest and talk about how all nurses can be better at managing their diabetic patients.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Household Product Poisonings and Episode 306.

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