Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that requires the person living with the disease to make many daily decisions about diet, activity level, and medications, as well as adequate support to manage the disease successfully. Shared decision-making is a collaborative process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together, considering the best scientific evidence available as well as the patient’s values and preferences.
During the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Symposium at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, a panel of experts will review evidence for shared decision-making and approaches for integrating strategies into practice, even when there is some divergence of clinical opinion or if the evidence is ambiguous. Panelists will highlight evidence-based, shared decision-making approaches in support of the prevention and management of diabetes as they discuss work in the area of diabetes risk perceptions, social and cultural barriers to shared decision-making for vulnerable populations, and share case studies and practical resources.
“Research has shown that patients want to be engaged in decisions about their health, but there is a gap between what people want and what they get,” according to Linda M. Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE, Chair of the NDEP and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. “When it comes to patient-provider interactions, we need to remember that having an activated patient and providing patient-centered care is a critical component to preventing and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes.”
This session is an important milestone for the NDEP as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at the ADA meeting and reflects on how it has worked with partners to change the way diabetes is treated.