Northshore Is Attacking Diabetes Head-on With .prehensive Patient Education-ca1834

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Diabetes 11/18/2009 – Patient education is vital to the successful treatment of diabetes, according to Mary Bennett, RD, LDN, CDE, Diabetes Program Manager at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore). "Effective patient education translates the science of the disease and symptom management into a practical, hands-on working plan for each individual patient," Bennett said. Highland Park resident Suzanne Kaatz embodies the programs success. Diagnosed with diabetes shortly after she turned 70, Kaatz has been a diligent patient, which she said is due to the education program and the skill and sensitivity of Highland Park Hospital program leader Gail Meyerson, RN, BSN, CDE, and dietitian Mare Baker, RD, MS, CDE. "It was no fun to find out that I have a progressive and perhaps debilitating disease that requires me to make lifestyle changes. Gail and Mare have taught me how to do what I need to do, and Im doing it," Kaatz said. "I mention my own success because isnt that what this program is abouthelping those who are insulin-resistants not to be resistant to making changes in the way we live our lives." Kaatz is absolutely correct. "Getting control of diabetes is largely in the hands of the patient," said Pauline Shipley, MD, Medical Director of the Medical Care Group Diabetes Education Program at NorthShore. "The right education and support from their medical team can give patients the tools to control their disease." Kaatz credits her longtime primary care physician John M. Sultan, MD, who is a NorthShore-affiliated doctor, with putting her on the right path. "It was his conscientious care that led to my early diagnosis," she said. Endocrinologist Jeffrey M. Lieblich, MD, Medical Director of the Glenbrook and Highland Park Hospitals Diabetes Education Program, then re.mended that Kaatz take part in the structured education program. NorthShores diabetes education includes a one-on-one session with a certified diabetes educator; four group classes covering topics that range from blood glucose monitoring to meal planning to potential long-term .plications; and ongoing educational support group meetings. Repetition is a deliberate .ponent of the education program. Many skills are involved to correctly monitor blood sugar, to learn how medications interact, to work on controlling stress and to adapt to a new diet. Patients are encouraged to ask questions as often as needed. Additionally, the program relies on a team approach with certified diabetes educators, dietitians, primary care physicians and endocrinologists, as well as related specialists like ophthalmologists and podiatrists, depending on individual patient needs. Uniquely through NorthShores electronic medical records, patients physicians are constantly up to speed with specialists re.mendations and latest lab reports, according to Dr. Shipley. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, NorthShores diabetes initiative ensures patients receive state-of-the-art care. Educators and clinicians are specially certified and dedicated to sharing the latest findings and best practices with patients and their families. Diabetes educators are always available to answer questions and act as a continuous resource for patients grappling with their disease. "Theres a lot we can learn through conversation," Meyerson said. "Everybodys diabetes is unique. Everybodys questions are different, and everybodys fears are dif ferent. My job is to really educate them to know what their choices are." Describing the educators as friendly and very approachable, Kaatz said she is grateful for their ability to inform without scaring patients about a disease that is usually progressive. "What they get across so well in the program is that diabetes exacerbates the consequences of anything else you may have wrong with you," Kaatz said. "Its a creeping killer that starts in the middle and works its devilment from your eyes down to your toes." More than passionate about her patients and her ability to help them care for themselves, Meyerson knows that diabetes is a "family disease" and one that requires patients to build a support network for their success. Meyersons own husband was diagnosed with Type I diabetes after they were married, and she has walked the path her patients must follow. "The patient and their families have to learn how to control the disease. If they dont, it will control them and they will have problems," Meyerson said. "Part of learning is correcting the many myths and misconceptions that exist in so many peoples minds. Simple changes can lead to big differences; we want to set people up for success." "Were hopeful that our unique diabetes initiative will make a big difference to the patients we serve, and everyone in the .munity affected by this chronic disease," Dr. Shipley said. Diabetes care is a priority for NorthShore. "We are working to be a responsible .munity partner, promoting healthy behavior and helping to avert this epidemic," Ben.t said. For more information about diabetes education, call 847.492.5700 (Ext. 1250). About the Author: 相关的主题文章: