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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Andrea Jennings-Sanders


Diabetes is a challenging chronic disease for adult patients to manage effectively. Poor adherence to prescribed medications treatment is one of the main reasons for poor blood sugar control. Despite healthcare providers' efforts to emphasize the importance of taking medications, adult patients with Type II diabetes frequently present with complications related to persistent failure to adhere to prescribed medication regimen. These patients should thoroughly understand why adhering to a strict medication regimen to maintain control of their blood sugar is so important. The purpose of this project, guided by Orem's self-care deficit nursing theory, was to develop an educational module toolkit that identifies best practices for nurses to address issues of medication adherence with adult patients with Type II diabetes. Future implementation of these toolkit resources may enhance nurses' ability to teach adult patients how to adhere to their medication regimen. Five participants, all considered professional diabetes content experts, were invited to evaluate the educational module toolkit subject matter. The completion response rate was 100% (n = 5). The content experts rated survey items using a 5-point Likert scale where 1= strongly disagree, 2= disagree, 3= not applicable, 4 = agree and 5= strongly agree and responded to 2 questions that allowed for narrative feedback. The experts were satisfied with the content of the educational module toolkit; suggesting that the toolkit may serve as a functional guide for nurses assisting adult patients with diabetes. Improved medication regimen compliance may produce cascading effects; helping these patients achieve a better quality of life while producing positive social change within their families and communities.

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