Importance of Follow-Up

Doctor gives advice on managing diabetes

Healthcare providers typically discuss the importance of self-care with people after they receive a diabetes diagnosis. Self-care topics include blood glucose monitoring, medication adherence, regular physical activity, healthy eating, and weight management.14

To increase engagement with self-care suggestions, it is essential that providers actively follow up with people with diabetes and reinforce self-care advice. Similarly, to increase enrollment and attendance rates for DSMES services, both the referring provider and the DSMES service may incorporate follow-up reminders into their routine processes.

Providers and educators are vital in linking their patients to diabetes self-management support resources (DSMS) to help them sustain behaviors needed to self-manage their diabetes. The ADA DSMS Toolkit pdf icon[PDF-1.1MB]external icon and DSMS Plan pdf icon[PDF-237KB]external icon can be used to personalize and identify local resources on emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, support groups, and more as part of ongoing diabetes support.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2021