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Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) is an integral part of diabetes care. The goal of DSMES is to improve clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life for people with diabetes. It provides knowledge and builds skills and abilities needed for effective self-care through informed decision making, problem solving, and collaboration with the health care team. Person-centered, culturally appropriate DSMES helps individuals manage their diabetes care over time. It is especially important if they experience lifestyle challenges, medication changes, disease progression, and stress-related conditions.

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