What is a Diabetes Educator?

Diabetes educators are healthcare professionals who focus on educating people with and at risk for diabetes and related conditions to achieve behavior change goals which, in turn, lead to better clinical outcomes and improved health status. Diabetes educators apply in-depth knowledge and skills in the biological and social sciences, communication, counseling, and educational fields to provide self-management education/self-management training.

Services provided by diabetes educators are eligible for third party reimbursement. In addition to coverage for diabetes self-management training/education (DSMT/E), services for discipline-specific counseling, such as medical nutrition therapy provided by dietitians/nutritionists, or medication therapy management services provided by pharmacists are available.


Diabetes Educators:

  • Provide their services in hospitals, physician offices, outpatient settings, pharmacies, managed care organizations, home health care agencies, local community facilities and other settings.
  • Facilitate behavior change by counseling patients and families on how to adopt informed lifestyle decisions and incorporate healthier choices into their self-management.
  • Provide self-management training/education, and Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS) and other interventions to prevent the development of diabetes. An important part of sustaining outcomes (or continual improvement) is to ensure that ongoing support and reinforcement is provided (by a variety of different professionals and non-professionals—including diabetes educators).
  • Are the key to coordination of the interdisciplinary diabetes team and development of the plan of care for the individual patient.

Watch CDOE's from around RI talk about the services they provide as part of the diabetes care team:






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