Diabetes is an important public health problem, with an estimated 463 million diabetics (2019) across the world, a figure projected to rise to 700 million by 2045 as per the IDF Diabetes Atlas, 2019. In India, there were an estimated 77 million people with diabetes in 2019, a figure that may rise to 134 million by 2045. In such a scenario, the role of a diabetes educator becomes crucial to ensure proper management and care of diabetes by working with the patients and their caregivers.
Diabetes and its complications bring about a substantial economic loss to people with diabetes and their families, health systems and national economies through direct medical costs, loss of work and wages. Healthcare professionals can make a significant contribution to solving this problem by improving their knowledge and skills in treating and preventing the condition. Through this course, we hope to help many nurses and nursing students be able to provide better care of diabetic patients. This course will not only enable the healthcare team members to manage diabetes well during hospitalization but will also empower a patient and his/her family to do the same at home. This course is geared towards healthcare professionals who are looking for career advancement in diabetes. The course curriculum is designed to impart knowledge and provide hands-on experience with the latest technology.
- Understand the pathophysiology, epidemiology and risk factors of the different types of diabetes.
- Understand a patient assessment with the diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes, as well as parameters requiring monitoring to reduce the risk of diabetic complications.
- Educate a patient on the role of nutrition, physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of diabetes.
- Counsel a patient on the different pharmacological treatment options available for living with diabetes.
- Discuss strategies to prevent, screen and identify diabetic complications.
- Understand the self-management principles to enhance diabetes education.
- Tailor diabetes management and education provided to a patient based on patient factors and his/her stage of life.
- Critically analyze current national and international guidelines relating to the prevention and management of diabetes.