Diabetes Concept

A review of patient take up of diabetes self-management education and training (DMST) shows that very little newly diagnosed patients with diabetes are taking up the training that helps them to better manage their diabetes.

The review was carried out by researchers from the Division of Diabetes Translation (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and from the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

95,555 newly diagnosed diabetes patients, from the Marketscan private insurance database, were reviewed. Having undergone DMST was defined as filing a claim for it within a 12 month period between 2011-2012.

DMST training not being taken up

The results showed that only 6.8% of newly diagnosed patients received DMST despite diabetes education being particularly important within the early years following diagnosis. Rates of DMST take up were higher in certain subgroups but, even then, no subgroups recorded a level of DMST of 15% or more.

In terms of diabetes education take up across all people diagnosed with diabetes (not just newly diagnosed), in 2010, 57.4% had received DMST, although this falls short of the target of 62.5% receiving diabetes education that is set in the Healthy People 2020 objectives for people with diabetes.

Addressing the low training rates

The researchers from the CDC state that the low participation numbers among those newly diagnosed with diabetes is a concern and point out that, in the case of people with type 2 diabetes and not on medication, this would mean that these patients are essentially untreated.

The CDC notes that the low figures for participating in diabetes education identifies a need find out what barriers exist that are preventing sufficient people taking up DMST.

If you have diabetes and have not yet received diabetes self-management education and training, speak to your healthcare provider about arranging the training.