Nurses are charged with the responsibility of providing diabetes education to patients with diabetes, but they often lack knowledge in addition to lacking adequate training in diabetes self-management education (DSME). The purpose of this quantitative quasi-experimental pretest posttest direct practice improvement (DPI) project was to evaluate the impact of the implementation of staff diabetes educational interventions about diabetes self-care based on the AAD7 (Being Active) evidence-based framework on the diabetes self-care knowledge of healthcare providers (staff nurses), with the goal of adoption of diabetes self-care behaviors, particularly exercise, among patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in a primary care setting. Knowles’ adult learning theory was used as the conceptual foundation for this DPI project. Data was collected through the Diabetes knowledge test (DKT) which was administered before and after the educational intervention. Twelve RNs participated, and data analysis was conducted using Wilcoxon signed rank test. The results of the project showed a statistically significant improvement in the pre-and post-test knowledge scores of the nurses (p = .002) and uptake of exercise among T2DM patients (p = .005) as reported by nurses. Consequently, a staff educational intervention on diabetes self-management may be used in the primary care clinic to improve nurse’s knowledge about diabetes self-care. Further research with longitudinal designs is required to evaluate impact of such educational interventions.
Keywords: Type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetes self-management education, exercise, diabetes, self-care behaviors, and primary health care.
|Advisor:||Ryan, Christina, Okonofua, Deborah|
|Commitee:||Seabron, Stephen, Metwalli, Adam, Igiri, Godwin, Burnside, Clinton, Janice, Harris|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Nursing and Health Care Professions|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Medicine, Health education|
|Keywords:||diabetes, diabetes self-management education, primary health care, self-care behaviors, Type 2 diabetes mellitus|
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