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

Seret, Florencia Maria Aguirre, Dunning, Trisha, Belton, Anne and McLaughlin, Susan 2015, Preparing health professionals to work in diabetes education and care: a situation analysis, International journal of health promotion and education, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 28-41, doi: 10.1080/14635240.2014.932671.

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Title Preparing health professionals to work in diabetes education and care: a situation analysis
Author(s) Seret, Florencia Maria Aguirre
Dunning, TrishaORCID iD for Dunning, Trisha
Belton, Anne
McLaughlin, Susan
Journal name International journal of health promotion and education
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 41
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1463-5240
Keyword(s) health professionals education
low-income countries
middle-income countries
certified diabetes educators
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14635240.2014.932671
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2014
Copyright notice ©2014, Institute of Health Promotion and Education
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