How People with Diabetes Benefit from DSMES
Considerable evidence exists linking DSMES participation to positive changes in health behaviors and improved diabetes-related outcomes. Benefits of DSMES participation can include:1
- Improved hemoglobin A1c levels
- Improved control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Higher rates of medication adherence
- Fewer or less severe diabetes-related complications
- Healthier lifestyle behaviors, such as better nutrition, increased physical activity, and use of primary care and preventive services
- Enhanced self-efficacy
- Decreased health care costs, including fewer hospital admissions and readmissions
Want to learn more about the benefits of DSMES? Check out these resources:
This joint position statement provides a high-level overview of DSMES and its benefits. In addition, it provides information on education settings, delivery methods, referrals, reimbursement, an algorithm detailing when to refer a person with diabetes to DSMES, and tips for overcoming barriers.
This 2015 systematic review assesses the effect of DSMES methods, providers, duration, and contact time on glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. The review found data demonstrating that engagement in DSMES results in statistically significant reductions in A1c levels. Specifically, Section 1 discusses the effectiveness and impact of DSMES and references many studies and other reviews.