A joint position statement on the appropriateness of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSME/S) has been issued at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions and published concurrently in Diabetes Care, The Diabetes Educator, and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The statement by representatives of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) includes an algorithm with guidance for healthcare providers regarding when to refer patients with diabetes to Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) and other trained staff for education and support. It emphasizes four critical times for assessing the need for DSME/S referral: at diagnosis, on an annual basis, when new complicating factors influence self-management and when transitions in care occur. The statement also includes guidance on the type of information and support patients may need at these critical junctures.

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Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE, Director of Care Programs at Joslin Diabetes Center and a representative of AND, noted that the statement has clear guiding principles for when to provide and how to assess a patient’s needs for DSME/S, as well as key elements of timely diabetes education and support.

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