Diabetes Self-Management Education/Support

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What is Diabetes Self-Management Education/Support (DSMES)?


DSMES is “the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for diabetes self-care, as well as activities that assist a person in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage his or her condition on an ongoing basis, beyond or outside of formal self-management training.” (2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Supportexternal icon)


DSMES Toolkit

The purpose of the DSMES toolkit is to increase use of DSMES services among people with diabetes and promote healthcare provider referrals. Expanded use of DSMES can help ensure that all people with diabetes receive the support they need. The toolkit provides resources and tools in one place to assist with the development, promotion, implementation, and sustainability of DSMES services. 

Want to learn more about the toolkit? Watch the webinar, “The DSMES Toolkit: Your One Stop Shop for Successful Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Services.” You’ll learn how to use the DSMES Toolkit to establish, deliver, and increase participation in DSMES services.


Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education/Support (DSMES) Program State Certification

DSMES Program Success Story

A participant was admitted to comprehensive diabetes self-management education with a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The participant completed 100% of the program through group sessions. Initial A1c was greater than 13% and BMI was greater than 39. An oral medication was initiated along with nutrition and activity information. The chosen behavior lifestyle goal was in regard to nutrition. At three months, the follow-up A1c had declined to less than 8% and BMI had decreased to 38, with the nutrition lifestyle goal achieved at 100%.

 Diabetes Self-Management Education featuring Joan Lunden