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 to help patients achieve glycemic control and successful outcomes. DSMES 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. The goal of DSMES is to improve clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life for people with diabetes. Ongoing self-management support from the diabetes care team helps individuals sustain behavioral changes as they confront challenges due to aging, lifestyle changes, and progression of the disease process.