|Title||WORKING TOGETHER TO MANAGE DIABETES: PILOT TESTING THE PPOD CHECKLIST|
|Author, Co-Author||W. Lee Ball|
|Abstract|| PURPOSE: To increase diabetes team care communication (among many providers) and health literacy among patients with diabetes.
METHODS: The NDEP (National Diabetes Education Program) PPOD (Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, Dentistry) Workgroup developed a diabetes checklist to foster communication among providers to foster a team care approach including the PPOD specialists as well as other health care professionals (physicians, diabetes educators, nurses, physician assistants etc). This checklist was based on the ADA standards of care and HEDIS criteria and was distributed to DM care providers via the internet. Recipients were asked to review the checklist and to complete a 17 question online survey. The goal of the survey is to gain feedback on the relevance of the checklist and the likelihood of implementing the checklist in practice.
RESULTS: Professionals from all the PPOD disciplines responded. Other disciplines included: certified diabetes educators, dietitians, and pharmaceutical technicians, physician/nurse practitioner/physician assistants. There were 37 total respondents. Most respondents agreed the content was appropriate and presented clearly. While 45.7% responded that they were likely to change their practice to more of a team approach, incorporating the members of the team, or by referral. Answers revealed that the checklist is useful in actual practice, with many (30%) indicating its potential application in EMR systems.
CONCLUSIONS: The NDEP PPOD work group created a comprehensive checklist to share among all diabetes team care providers. This tool increases provider communication, and will be used to increase health literacy among patients to reduce diabetes complications.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.
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