Year: 2017 | Month: June | Volume: 7 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 315-321
Enhancing Self- Management in Diabetes: The Value of Therapeutic Education
Michael I. Kourakos
Director of nursing, General Hospital "Asklepieio" Voulas, V. Pavlou 1, 16673 VoulaAttikis, Greece.
Diabetes is among the most common, serious and costly chronic diseases and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Patient education is accepted as a valid component of chronic disease management for patients with chronic conditions. Most of diabetic individuals do not reach their glycemic target, leading to the appearance of health-related problems and complications associated with diabetes. Diabetes self-management education, the process of teaching individuals to manage their diabetes is a cornerstone of diabetes care and could improve glycemic control, alter patient behavior, and reduce diabetes complications.
Key words: Diabetes; health education; self-management education; diabetes education;