Diabetes Tool Kit
This diabetes “tool kit” includes materials designed to assist providers in caring for patients who have diabetes and to help people with diabetes manage their care.
A Common Guideline
All health plans participating in the New York Diabetes Coalition (NYDC) have endorsed a common guideline for adult diabetes care. The guideline is based on the clinical recommendations of the American Diabetes Association. The NYDC guideline is a one-page comprehensive tool with detailed information about procedures, frequency and goals for diabetes care. By delivering a common, consistent message, the Coalition aims to increase the use of standard treatment guidelines by clinicians throughout New York. On the reverse of the guideline is a flow sheet, reflecting the recommendations found in the Guidelines for Adult Diabetes Care, that allows providers to track diabetes management over time by documenting diabetes medications, exams and test results.
A set of “best practices” tools have been developed that will support the elements of the guidelines and are designed to assist providers in caring for patients who have diabetes and to help people with diabetes manage their care. These tools are available to all physicians practicing family medicine, internal medicine, general practice and endocrinology. In addition to the common guideline, the various tools include:
- Eye Exam Report — This form was developed to facilitate communication between eye care professionals and primary care physicians, to inform physicians about the outcome of diabetes patients’ dilated eye exams.
- Personal Diabetes Care Card — A wallet-size card that helps patients keep a record of their care. The card has space for important phone numbers as well as spaces to record test values and regular exams.
- “Manage Your Diabetes for a Healthy Life” patient brochure — A tri-fold brochure that provides current facts about the prevalence of diabetes and its complications. The brochure reminds patients what they should do to manage diabetes, helps patients to set diabetes care goals with their health care professional(s), and provides contact information for other resources.
- “Manage Your Diabetes for a Healthy Life” wall poster — A 17x22 inch waiting room wall poster with information for patients on managing their diabetes.
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