RDNs are essential in the care of people with diabetes. Research supports that the care provided by RDNs improves clinical outcomes, enhances quality of life and reduces costs. Medical nutrition therapy complements the care provided by physicians and other providers as well as diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services.
A collaborative writing group representing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and American Pharmacists Association recently published the 2020 DSMES Joint Consensus Report. This presentation provides a road map for RDNs to implement diabetes self-management interventions at four critical times; identifies clinical, behavioral and psychosocial topics to address at the four times; summarizes benefits of DSMES and MNT; and provides guidance on solutions to access barriers and reimbursement.
CPE Level: Level 2
- 3.2.4 Encourages others to engage in personal and professional development activities for career growth and skill enhancement.
- 12.2.6 Determines resource needs for community and public health programs.
- 12.3.3 Takes into consideration any population and environmental disparities (health, availability,
finances, access) when developing programs.
- Describe current role of RDNs in management of persons with diabetes and benefits of DSMES
- Describe the four critical times to provide DSMES and MNT
- Discuss barriers to access and reimbursement strategies to support delivery of DSMES and MNT
- Maggie Powers
- Amy Hess Fischl
- Melinda Maryniuk