Overall Value of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

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DSMES is an evidence-based approach, proven to improve outcomes for people with diabetes. With a wide range of benefits, DSMES services can:

  • Support health care providers, people with diabetes, and community members in addressing diabetes-related needs.
  • Increase the quality of health care services.
  • Contain the cost of delivering health care services.
  • Increase indirect revenue, such as revenue from lab tests related to the DSMES service.
  • Help health care institutions and providers adhere to standards and goals for health care reform.
  • Help meet the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards for a patient centered medical home or an accountable care organization.

For additional information on the overall value of DSMES, see the resources below:

Diabetes Self-management Education for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review of the Effect on Glycemic Controlexternal icon:
This is a review of 118 interventions to determine the impact of DSMES on hemoglobin A1c.

Reducing the Risks of Diabetes Complications Through Diabetes Self-management Education and Supportexternal icon:
This article reviews the reduction and prevention of diabetes-related risks and translated evidence supporting diabetes care and self-management education.

Page last reviewed: March 12, 2018