Aminata Gueye

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Doctoral Paper

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Volpert, Elisabeth

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Bethel-Jaiteh, Cynethia

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diabetes knowledge; knowledge test; diabetes knowledge test; diabetes education; diabetes management; diabetes group education program


Background: Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (HHS ODPHP, 2019). It is also the leading cause of chronic disease complications such as adult-onset blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputations (HHS ODPHP, 2019). It is recommended that all people with diabetes should participate in diabetes self-management education (ADA, 2018). Purpose: The purpose of this DNP project is to evaluate the effectiveness of diabetes group education by assessing participants’ knowledge utilizing the diabetes knowledge test (DKT) at an outpatient diabetes care center in Louisville KY. The evidence from the literature review supports the importance of achieving knowledge for successful diabetes management and this project's goal of evaluating a diabetes self-management education (DSME) program participants’ knowledge of diabetes by utilizing the DKT. Methods: Participants were recruited by the DNP student at the start of the first session of the diabetes education program. A pre/post-test design was used utilizing the DKT to evaluate the change in knowledge of diabetes before and after DSME was provided. A paired t-test was used to analyze the data. Results: There was a total of 8 out of 10 participants that completed the DKT2. There was an increase in DKT scores for both the general knowledge subscale and insulin use subscale from pre and post intervention. This indicates that diabetes education is effective in increasing patient’s knowledge, however the results were not statically significant. Discussion: Although the results cannot be generalized due to a small sample size, the results from this project still showed that diabetes group education increased knowledge about diabetes.

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