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Moss Diabetes Education Receives ADA Recognition

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center (WOMRMC) has been awarded recognition status from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its high-quality patient education services.

ADA gives recognition status to programs that demonstrate they have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information on diabetes management to patients.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” said Sandra Fruge, RN, CDE, WOMRMC. “It helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”

Self-management education is an essential component of good patient care. One result of compliance with ADA national standards is greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education for people with diabetes.

ADA-recognized programs instruct patients in self-care skills that promote better management of the diabetes treatment regimen.

Approved education programs teach the following according to the patient’s individual needs: disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, goal setting and problem solving, psychological adjustment, preconception care, pregnancy and gestational management, and prevention, detection, and treatment of acute chronic complications through risk reduction.

Begun in 1986, the ADA education-recognition effort is a voluntary process that assures approved self-management education programs meet national standards.