Diabetes Information for Healthcare Providers
Diabetes requires continual medical care and ongoing patient self-management education. more
Identification of patients at-risk for diabetes and getting them screened for diabetes is essential to reducing their risk of becoming a diabetic. Adults identified as pre-diabetic who modify their lifestyle can significantly reduce their risk of developing diabetes.more
What you should do
- Know and apply evidence-based standards of care. more
- Learn about the Rhode Island Chronic Care Collaborative to improve the quality of care provided to patients with chronic illness in order to improve health outcomes. more
- Test to detect pre-diabetes or diabetes and assess risk for future diabetes in asymptomatic adults of any age who are overweight or obese (BMI >25 kg/m2) and who have one or more additional risk factors for diabetes. In those without these risk factors, testing should begin at age 45 years. more
- Refer patients to a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator or to a Living Well RI Program
- Connect patients at-risk of diabetes to Community Health Network programs.
- Provide TEAMWorks Diabetes and Cardiovascular Group Visits for your patients.
- Ask patients if they receive dental care and explain to them that periodontal disease is a major complication of diabetes. Recommend patients visit a dentist at least twice a year as a part of their diabetes management and care.
- Instruct pregnant patients on how to properly manage their diabetes in order to prevent their child being born with a birth defect.
- Fill out a Physician Orders for Students with Diabetes form for school-aged children to provide a simple, comprehensive form for use by a school nurse teachers in the development of a diabetes medical management plan.
Nurses, Dietitians and Pharmacists
- Become a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator. Learn how to help people with diabetes to better manage their condition. contact
What We Do
Work in the healthcare system to promote patient-centered medical homes. We also work to develop and maintain workforces to deliver evidence-based diabetes prevention and control interventions to Rhode Islanders.