Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Diabetes mellitus is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, contributing to rising health care costs and increased morbidity and mortality rates. Researchers demonstrated that aggressive heath measures involving ongoing diabetes self-management education are paramount in minimizing associated complications of diabetes. The management and prevention of diabetes is not standardized and providers within a health clinic in Illinois reported challenges in providing self-management education during scheduled patient appointments due to limited resources and time. The purpose of this DNP project was to develop a clinical practice guideline to be used by all providers within the health care clinic for the management of Type 2 diabetes. The goal of the developed guideline was to optimize the time providers spend with patients diagnosed with diabetes and improve the consistency and quality of education and care. The health promotion model provided a guide for the development of the practice guideline. The method and design of this DNP project involved extensive research, literature review, evidence grading, and development of an evidence-based practice guideline for Type 2 diabetes management. A selected team of 3 diabetes experts appraised the developed guideline using the AGREE II instrument, and guideline usability was evaluated by 3 nurse practitioners within the medical clinic using a 10-item questionnaire. Results of the appraisal confirmed the high quality, feasibility, and usability of the developed guideline for diabetes self-management education and support. Improving the delivery of care can bring about positive social change by improving health outcomes in individuals with Type 2 diabetes and reducing morbidity and mortality rates.