Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Eileen R. Fowles
Approximately 8.3% of the U. S. population has type 2 diabetes. Preventing the onset and improving the management type 2 diabetes are crucial for health care professionals. The purpose of this project was to develop and evaluate a type 2 diabetes prevention and management education program in a primary care setting using group medical appointments (GMAs). The chronic care model provided the framework for the study. The education program consisted of information from the Centers for Disease Control on the management of type 2 diabetes to be delivered by clinic staff using a GMA approach, a timeline for implementing the education program, and evaluation strategies for assessing patient health outcomes. Staff participants included 9 females and 1 male. One week after the presentation, staff responded to open-ended questions addressing the plan for prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. Findings indicated that staff unanimously approved the content of the program, thought the program could realistically be implemented, thought the proposed evaluation methods were appropriate, and thought the program would have a positive influence on patient health outcomes. Prevention and management education programs using a GMA approach may be used to reduce incidence and improve management of type 2 diabetes.