The Benefits of Assigning Case Managers to Individuals with Diabetes

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The Benefits of Assigning Case Managers to Individuals with Diabetes
Denise White
Florida Atlantic University
Teresa Barret, MSN, ARNP
NUR3160
April 15, 2009

There are many illnesses and diseases causing people to have a poor quality of life. Diseases such as diabetes (type I and II), are increasing in alarming numbers due to poor management by both healthcare teams and patients. According to Wikipedia (2009), the role of case manager was implemented to help coordinate a patient’s care to both improve continuity and quality of care. Assigning case managers to individuals with diabetes significantly reduce emergency room visits, blood sugar levels, and secondary
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The focus of primary prevention is educating patients before reactions occur as in the study of individuals with high risks of developing complications from diabetes. Secondary prevention deals with intervening after a reaction has occurred. The studies referenced in previous passages are an example of this type of intervention, in which a case manager was assigned to individuals having problems with poorly managed diabetes. Lastly, tertiary prevention is taking the necessary action required to maintain stability. Case manager fulfilled this by providing resources, communicating with patient’s physician, and monitoring progress. The objective of using all levels of prevention of the Neuman Systems Model is to help patient achieve the best quality of life possible while managing their condition (Neumansystemsmodel.org, 2009). . Over the last decade, efforts to accomplish cost containment while focusing on the individual patient has been the primary role of case managers (Coffman, 2001). Research provides evidence as to how assigning case managers to individuals with diabetes significantly reduce emergency room visits, blood sugar levels, and secondary complications from diabetes. Research has also proven that the role of case manager is beneficial in a variety of illnesses. Disease management programs have resulted in more consistency of care and, as a result, have improved individual patient

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