Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States with nearly 29.1 million people affected (Al-Reubeaan et al., 2016; Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2015). Chronic unmanaged diabetes leads to complications such as amputation, visual impairment, infection, stroke, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, disability, and premature death (CDC, 2015; Joo & Huber, 2012). Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to die from complications and are at an increased risk of debilitating cardiac events (Al-Reubeaan et al., 2016; Le Feuvre, Jacqueminet, & Barthelemy, 2011). Complications and premature death can be prevented with proper management of blood sugars through medication titration, routine medical care, and education on diet and exercise; all benchmarks assessed by nurse case managers as care coordinators (Watts & Sood, 2016). Care coordination needs to be taught to undergraduate level nursing students who will fill a variety of roles after graduation, including case management.
Diabetics; Nursing students; Nursing--Study and teaching
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Truong, Tina, "Care Coordination for Diabetic Patients" (2017). Nursing Graduate Publications and Presentations. 20.