Diabetes Information for Healthcare Providers

Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires continual medical care and ongoing patient self-management education and support to prevent and reduce both short- and long-term complications. Diabetes care is complex and requires that many issues, beyond glycemic control, be addressed. A large body of evidence exists that supports a range of interventions to improve diabetes outcomes. source

Identification of patients at-risk for diabetes and getting them screened for diabetes is essential to reducing their risk of becoming a diabetic. Adults identified as pre-diabetic who modify their lifestyle can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 58%. more

What you should do

Physicians

  • Know and apply evidence-based standards of care. more
  • Instruct pregnant patients on how to properly manage their diabetes in order to prevent their child being born with a birth defect.
  • Test to detect pre-diabetes or diabetes and assess risk for future diabetes in asymptomatic adults of any age who are overweight or obese (BMI >25 kg/m2) and who have one or more additional risk factors for diabetes. In those without these risk factors, testing should begin at age 45 years. more
  • Fill out a Physician Orders for Students with Diabetes form for school-aged children is to provide a simple, comprehensive form for use by a school nurse teachers in the development of a diabetes medical management plan.
  • Refer patients to a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator. more
  • Provide TEAMWorks Diabetes and Cardiovascular Group Visits for your patients. more
  • Learn about the Rhode Island Chronic Care Collaborative to improve the quality of care provided to patients with chronic illness in order to improve health outcomes. more
  • Refer patients to a Living Well Rhode Island program. Living Well Rhode Island an evidence-based chronic disease self-management program more
  • Refer patients at-risk to the Greater Providence Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program to help connect people at-risk for diabetes with community resources. more
  • Ask patients if they receive dental care and explain to them that periodontal disease is a major complication of diabetes. Recommend patients visit a dentist at least twice a year as a part of their diabetes management and care.

Nurses, Dietitians and Pharmacists

  • Become a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator. Learn how to help people with diabetes to better manage their condition. contact

What We Do

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works in the health care system to promote patient-centered medical homes. We also work to develop and maintain workforces to deliver evidence-based diabetes prevention and control interventions to Rhode Islanders.