Diabetes Education Program Receives ADA Recognition
The ADA Education Recognition Program, which began in 1986, is a voluntary process that assures approved education programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide, and of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs,” said Ajay Chaudhuri, MD, medical director at the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center.
Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition Program. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide the most up-to-date information about diabetes management for participants.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment and helps prevent unnecessary hospital admission. Participants in ADA recognized programs learn self-care skills that promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover topics such as nutritional management, physical activity, medications, and monitoring, preventing, detecting, and treating complications, among others.