Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is increasing at epidemic proportions, and is 12-17% higher in Marion County Florida than it is across the state, based on Florida Department of Health statistics. The purpose of this DNP project was to determine if awareness of individual risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through a questionnaire would result in high-risk participants agreeing to attend a diabetes prevention program (DPP) at a local medical clinic. The health belief model and Rosswurm and Larrabee's model for change were used as frameworks. The review of the literature showed that prevention programs were highly effective in reducing the risk of developing diabetes. A validated diabetes risk questionnaire was placed at reception desks at 3 clinic sites. Forty-four anonymous participants completed the questionnaire. The convenience sample obtained from the questionnaire provided a score that categorized individuals into a high-risk and a low-risk group. Quantitative data from the participants were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Twenty-one of the participants indicated they were at high risk of developing diabetes. Ninety-five percent of those who received a high-score on the diabetes risk questionnaire responded that they would be interested in participating in a DPP at a local medical clinic. As a result of the DNP project completion, a DPP with the goal of reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will be implemented in the Marion County medical clinic. Future collaboration with health care and community organizations will assist to expand DPP's, bring awareness of diabetes risk, and promote social change.