Diabetes : A Common And Well Known Disease

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Introduction
Diabetes is a common and well-known disease in the US. Healthcare providers manage the care of patients daily as both direct and indirect effects of diabetes contribute to their poor health. Diabetes mellitus type 2 is characterized by high blood sugar levels as a result of insulin resistance. The risk factors associated with an increasing prevalence in the US includes genetics, family history, poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.1 Healthcare providers are challenged to assess each diabetic patient’s limitations and address the issues that impact the ability to control their diabetes.
Treatment adherence is a constant issue in the management of patients. In primary care settings, it is not uncommon for the providers to observe a significant percentage of poor compliance to treatment plans and subsequent poor control of blood sugar measured by HgA1c within their patient population. The high prevalence of this disease in the US emphasizes the need to increase treatment adherence and promote self-management. How can providers improve their practices to achieve better rates of adherence and maximize healthy outcomes? How do we further address the multiple factors playing a role in patient outcomes? In this performance improvement plan, one physician assistant student in a primary care practice focuses on addressing patient barriers and social/situational factors during each visit to empower self-management of patients’ diabetes.

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