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. more
  • 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

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works in the health care 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.