Referrals to Diabetes Self-management Education Lagging Among Patients in Need

An author of a study in the June 2021 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® discusses findings on the association between provider referrals to diabetes self-management education and patients’ need for the service.

Diabetes care guidelines identify critical points in patients’ care when providers should refer them to diabetes self-management education, or DSME. However, it’s not known whether these clinical indicators of need actually increase the likelihood of receiving a referral.

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we’re talking with an author of an Original Research article published in our June 2021 issue. The article, “Patient Need and Provider Referrals to Diabetes Self-management Education,” finds that although there is an association between patient need and DSME referral, many patients in need still aren’t being referred.

Joining us today is Brittany Brown-Podgorski, PhD, MPH, who is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and will soon be joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

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