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The Health Care Team

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Employees with diabetes are directly responsible for the day-to-day behaviors, medications, and actions that help them manage their disease. But they do not have to handle it alone.

Talk to your health plan about following the ADA Standards of Care for the Management of Diabetes.

Some employers also offer an onsite health office.  Encourage communication between the occupational health professionals and the employees’ primary diabetes health care team. Encourage the on-site health care staff to be up to date on ADA Standards of Care for the Management of Diabetes and the team care approach .

Because diabetes is often associated with other health issues, people with diabetes should get support and sound advice from a team of health care and allied professionals, in addition to a primary care provider. Many team members may have special training in diabetes and have passed a special examination thus becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

The team might include:

  • Endocrinologist
  • General practice physician (family practice or internal medicine)
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Registered dietitian
  • Diabetes nurse educator
  • Eye doctor
  • Social worker
  • Mental health provider/psychologist/psychiatrist/marriage and family therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist/dental hygienist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Lay/community health worker
  • Patient navigator

Aids & Tools

Know More

  1. Access resources about the role of the health care provider in diabetes prevention and management at the National Diabetes Education Program.
  2. The American Association of Diabetes Educators has numerous resources about the diabetes health care team.
  3. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has a wealth of resources and information about health care provision in the workplace.

Ask More

  1. My health plan does not include provision for diabetes education? Are there statistics that I can use about the benefits of diabetes to help make the case for inclusion of this benefit?
    Answer:
    Statistics are available from the American Association of Diabetes Educators about the values of diabetes education. 
  2. What are the recommendations for optimal diabetes coverage?
    Answer:
    Diabetes treatment including self-management education, equipment and supplies.  Also prevention services to include daily self-monitoring of blood glucose as well as annual foot and eye exams. The American Diabetes Association Standards of Care [PDF – 5.8 MB] outline optimal care for people with diabetes.

 

 

Do More

  1. Set up an event where local health care providers come to talk with employees about their services and how they benefit people with diabetes.
  2. Set up an “ask the experts” type event where employees can come with their questions.
  3. Offer the Diabetes at Work “Working with your Health Care Team” workshop.
  4. Review the company health care plan and be sure it provides adequate coverage for people with diabetes.

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