, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 127-133

Changing office practice and health care systems to facilitate diabetes self-management

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Diabetes is a self-managed disease for which patients provide 99% of their own care. For patients to succeed as diabetes self-managers, they need office practices and health care systems that can prepare and support them in their diabetes self-management efforts over the long term. In order to provide effective diabetes education and ongoing support, office practices and health care systems will have to fundamentally redefine the roles of health professionals and patients with diabetes, and redesign practices and systems to allow for effective long-term self-management education and support. Although it is difficult for both people and systems to change, change is essential if we are going to provide self-management support for the majority of patients suffering from this serious chronic disease.