Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Perry

Second Advisor

Dr. Ann Hoos

Abstract

Diabetes Guidelines Implementation Toolkit is a capstone project aimed to help the Grady North Fulton Health Center to implement the American Diabetes Association (ADA) “Standards in Medical Care in Diabetes, 2011” guidelines. This toolkit can also be used to implement the diabetes guidelines in any other primary or community healthcare facility to improve diabetes care.

Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, and lower-limb amputations. Working together, people with diabetes, their support network, and their health care providers can reduce the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling the levels of blood glucose, blood pressure, blood lipids, and by receiving other preventive care practices in a timely manner.

Once the decision to put into practice the evidence-based diabetes guidelines has been made, this implementation toolkit will serve as a guide to help go through the process of implementation. The toolkit will suggest practical ways to implement the use of the guidelines using a stepwise approach, resources and template materials such as information handouts, flow sheets, referral forms, sample patient letters, etc. will be provided in the toolkit to facilitate the implementation.

The final goal of the implementations is to improve the delivery of effective preventive health care services and promote diabetes preventive behaviors in order to prevent diabetes, its complications and disabilities, and the burden associated with the disease.

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