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Preparing health professionals to work in diabetes education and care: a situation analysis

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journal contribution
posted on 2024-06-17, 09:42 authored by F Seret, T Dunning, A Belton, S McLaughlin
Worldwide, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases places enormous expectations of and responsibility on health systems. Preparing the health workforce to adequately respond to these increasing demands is a challenge of critical importance. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of how health professionals (HPs) are prepared to work in diabetes care and education. A one shot cross-sectional study was undertaken to collect the data using self-completed anonymous on-line questionnaires. The invitation to complete the questionnaire was sent to more than 3745 HPs. One thousand one hundred and sixteen responses were collected, 68% were from highincome countries and 32% from middle- and low-income countries (LMIC). Most HPs developed their knowledge and skills through work experience and self-study: very few attended a formal education program as part of their training. Thirty-six percent of LMIC respondents did not have a credential/certification in diabetes and 72% reported their organizations support them to learn about diabetes education/care. Moreover, 80% referred to the International Diabetes Federation publications when making clinical decisions or planning diabetes care. Results provide insight into how HPs are educationally prepared to work in diabetes education and care and could serve as a foundation for future research. These findings emphasize the emerging necessity to develop certified/credentialing programs for HPs, especially in LMIC.

History

Journal

International journal of health promotion and education

Volume

53

Pagination

28-41

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1463-5240

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Institute of Health Promotion and Education

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge