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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Barbara Gross


Diabetes mellitus continues to be a major chronic disease affecting the global population today with more prevalence amongst minority groups in the United States. The genetic susceptibility to obesity and higher insulin resistance seen in the Hispanic population puts them at the highest risk for development of Type II Diabetes (T2DM). The alarming increase in young adult T2DM diagnosis led to the project question: How can teaching on dietary changes affect Type II Diabetes diagnosis in predisposed young Hispanic adults? The purpose of this project is to accomplish the goal of Healthy People 2020 towards improving the quality of life of people at risk of developing diabetes. Healthy literacy concept, Lewin’s change model, Pender’s Health Promotion Model, Chronic Care Model, and Clinical Practice Guideline Implementation Model were all used to develop and implement this project. An educative teaching handout on diabetes was created to show the effectiveness of educational programs in increasing knowledge towards the prevention of T2DM diagnosis in predisposed young Hispanic adults. The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool, Suitability Assessment of Materials and Discern Instrument were questionnaires used to evaluate the handout. A descriptive statistical analysis was conducted using the results of the questionnaires to determine statistically significant relationship between the literacy assessment tools. The One-way ANOVA analysis reported none of them differ in measuring validity and reliability of a teaching material. Quality teaching materials promote better health outcome and prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes amongst predisposed individuals.

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