Increasing Referrals and Overcoming Barriers to Participation

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A clear and efficient DSMES referral process is important for providers, DSMES services, and people with diabetes. While there are critical times for referral to and delivery of DSMES services, barriers may occur at program, provider, and individual levels. Identifying and addressing these barriers is essential. Providers and educators are vital in linking their patients to DSMES services to help them sustain behaviors needed to self-manage their diabetes.