Essay on The Effectiveness Of Patient Education
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Diabetes Mellitus continues to rise in the United States with almost 30 million children and adults being diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus accounts for the majority of the diagnoses, with percentages of all cases being as high as 90-95% (ADA, 2014). The need for further patient education by nurses has increased due to the expanding number of diabetic patients. Glucose control is essential in not only the promotion of health, but in the prevention of long-term complication and/or comorbidities. However, by increasing the focus on patient education and encouraging self-management it will allow the patient to have more responsibility in decreasing risks, complications and possible hospitalizations (Robertson, 2012).
The classic randomized clinical trial conducted by The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group (1993) found, “maintenance of blood glucose as close to normal as possible slows the onset and progression of diabetes-related eye, kidney, and nerve diseases” (Evans, 2010, para. 4). Based on the research, effective patient self-management and advanced education about the disease and its process is crucial to a successful outcome of managing type 2 diabetes (Murtha, 2015). The standard of care is now patient-centered education, responsive to the individual…