Running Head: TEACHING DIABETES 2 PREVENTION 1 Name: Lena Acker Professor: Balog Class:Nsg4028 Date:09/26/2018
Teaching Diabetes Prevention 2 A Patient Guide to Diabetes Prevention Diabetes is one of the most serious lifestyle diseases today. The hospitals where I work as a health education worker is in the process of raising awareness among the patients, the family, and the staff in the prevention of diabetes as opposed to the treatment. There are many patients who are coming to seek treatment for the disease. Although the patients were initially adults, there has been a change such that even children and young adults are coming for treatment after showing symptoms. In this paper, I will discuss the pre-diabetic patients as the learners and the setting where the teaching will take place. The assessment will be on how the patients can change their lifestyles to counter the disease. Lastly, I will describe the theoretical approaches used in the teaching. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has said that lifestyle interventions are one of the best ways of delaying the onset of diabetes in patients who are pre-diabetic. The World Health Organization encourages prevention, awareness and strengthening prevention and control measures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the screening for diabetes is more frequently done in a healthcare setting than at the community level (Information et al., n.d.) Educating the patients The learners or my audience would mainly be pre-diabetics who are children and adults of both sexes. In the hospital setting, the nurses will be taught how to help the patients in the screening. The pre-screening should be done on all patients the first time a patient visits the hospital. The nurses will be educated on how to test the glucose in the blood. They will be trained on how to use the electronic health records to alert the healthcare professionals about the patients who should be screened for the disease. The standard ordering protocol such as the glucose testing would be carried out by the trained staff during the hospital visits. The other opportunity for screening is when the nurses are managing the other non-related
Teaching Diabetes Prevention 3 conditions. The diabetes educators and the nurses will ask open-ended questions during the training sessions. It would be necessary to use PowerPoint presentations, charts, and video clips to demonstrate the onset and prevention of diabetes. The pre-diabetic patient would be the priority although the immediate family members would be co-opted in the training. If the patient is a man, his wife would be considered to offer emotional support. For a child, the two parents would be considered for training alongside their child ("Patient education: Diabetes", n.d.).
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