Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD)

icons for a prescription, a foot, an eye and a tooth with a stetheoscope around it

You can make a difference. You and other providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) care are well positioned to advise and educate your patients about diabetes prevention and management. You may be the first to see a person with, or at risk for, diabetes.

The PPOD Toolkit shows PPOD practitioners how they can work with each other, as well as with all other members of the health care team, such as primary health care providers, physician assistants, nurse educators, and community health workers, to promote better outcomes for people with diabetes.

Each section of the PPOD Guide provides a “quick course” on that health care specialty and its relation to diabetes. Because each section is written for professionals outside of that specialty, all team members who might care for a person with diabetes can collaborate and make cross-disciplinary treatment referrals.

Inside the PPOD Guide, you will find:

  • An introduction to team care.
  • Tips on communicating with patients.
  • Sections in each of the four PPOD areas.
  • Resources and links to other PPOD-related resources and organizations.

Download the PPOD Guide pdf icon[PDF-2.23MB]

Providers: Download and discuss these 1-page fact sheets with your patients and their families to educate them about how diabetes can affect their eyes, teeth, and feet and how to work with their pharmacist to understand and safely take their medicines.

Patients: Download these 1-page fact sheets to learn how diabetes can affect your eyes, teeth, and feet and how to work with your pharmacist to understand your medicines.

Download Patient Fact Sheets

A double-sided sheet to give to patients to help them understand how to work with PPOD providers to successfully manage their diabetes (side 1) and a checklist to use to document recommended care that encourages communication among all health care providers (side 2).

Patient Education Sheet and Patient Care Checklist (English)
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Patient Education Sheet and Patient Care Checklist (Spanish)
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The slides provide an overview of the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD), which offers information and tools for learning about and implementing PPOD in your practice. Share with colleagues at staff meetings, professional conferences, community forums, etc.
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Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry
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Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry and Dentistry (PPOD) providers can work with each other, as well as with other members of the health care team, to promote better outcomes for people with diabetes. In this webinar, PPOD professionals share their team care experiences using PPOD Toolkit materials and concepts to improve care for patients at risk for diabetes and those who already have diabetes.

Tell your colleagues about the Working Together to Manage Diabetes Toolkit  with these promotional tools.

Page last reviewed: February 19, 2016