The Process Of Patient Assessment

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DIABETES ASSESSMENT TOOLS The process of patient assessment is an integral part in the development of education and plans of care. Because diabetes is largely a self-managed disease, education is key to patient success. The process of providing diabetes self-management education (DSME) may be facilitated by a variety of healthcare professionals, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physicians, mental health professionals, optometrists, podiatrists, and exercise physiologists. Diabetes is a multifaceted, chronic disease that impacts body systems specific to each of the disciplines (AADE, 2011). Single and multidisciplinary tools exist to facilitate the process of effective patient assessment. Examples of these will be explored to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.
In an ideal setting DSME is provided by a multidisciplinary team, which allows the patient the benefits of an array of expertise and perspective (AADE, 2011). While most patients benefit from this approach, some may be averse to working with multiple team members and a single person on the team may end up being the primary resource. It should also be noted that, not all patients have access to a multidisciplinary team due to rural settings or barriers with insurance coverage. In these situations, patients may receive care from a single healthcare professional that, with proper training and mentorship from peers in other disciplines, can effectively provide education and support.
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