Merits ADA Recognition
The USC Lancaster diabetes self-management education program in the Carole Ray
Dowling Health Services Center has been awarded continued Recognition
from the American Diabetes Association. The program was originally Recognized
in March 2002. This program offers high-quality education
services to the patients it serves.
The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the
fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved
education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes
Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition
status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who provide
state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.
Self-management education is an essential component
of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National
Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity
of education offered to people with diabetes. The participant in
an ADA Recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care
skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes
treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following
topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management;
physical activity; medications; monitoring, preventing, detecting,
and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting, and treating
chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and
problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care,
management during pregnancy, and gestational management.
Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care
is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program.
Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge
and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part
of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary
hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications
of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.
"The process gives professionals a national
standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide," stated
Dr. Bill Riner, Director of Health Services. "And, of course,
it helps consumers to identify these quality programs."
more information, contact Lori Moseley, MSN, APRA-BC, CDE,
509 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster, SC, 803-313-7450.