Do Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Programs Merit more Consideration in the Indian Setting?

Do Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Programs Merit more Consideration in the Indian Setting?

Vijairam Selvaraj (Baystate Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/ijudh.2012070107
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Abstract

Many individuals in India are nowadays either being diagnosed early with type 2 diabetes or lack optimal control of their diabetes. Reducing the burden and impact of diabetes mellitus in India is a major priority among the healthcare system. Diabetes educators, through DPP models, have shown to reduce the risk of developing diabetes among pre-diabetics through lifestyle changes. Among diabetics, DSME is seen as an essential intervention and as a cornerstone of diabetes care. Short-lived benefits and presence of barriers & challenges limit the inclusion of sufficient numbers of health educators or trained individuals in resource limited Indian settings to educate high risk individuals and improve self-management behaviors.

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