Diabetes is a serious problem in the United States. In order to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes, we need to invest significantly in diabetes self-management education and support and increase its utilization.
Over the past two decades, a growing number of health systems in the US have added diabetes education programs to the services they offer. Though it is easy to see the inherent value of these programs, it is far more difficult to assess their reach and overall success. For example, below we share findings from the NIH's Diabetes in America, 3rd Edition. Note the waivering trend lines in self-care practices:
The facts and figures continue to stagger us...
Thanks to the Population Health News section of the HealthITAnalytics¹ site for reminding us of the current situation.
- 1.4 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in 2014 in the United States.
- There are currently 86 million Americans living with pre-diabetes and nine out of 10 are unaware of their condition