Lackey Clinic Implements a Program to Help Manage Diabetes

Yorktown, VA - The Lackey Clinic continues its efforts to improve the health and well-being of its diabetic population by working to actively engage patients in their own care. Our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Healthy Lifestyle Coach are integral to this engagement and education. Experience has shown information "downloads" are not effective as a method of patient education and every patient has his or her own state of readiness to participate in their care. With the use of the PAM tool (Patient Activation Measurement) we are able to assess this degree of readiness.

As we accumulate survey results, we have begun to identify our poorly controlled diabetic patients who need the most encouragement and support. Through education with the Diabetes Nurse Educator, patients will understand the importance of critical retina screenings to assess disease progress. Additionally, they will learn critical self-management skills such as how to test blood sugar consistently, dietary management and the importance of regular exercise - all leading to reduced health risks associated with diabetes complications and improved health status for our diabetic patients.

We are especially grateful for the grant funding and support we have received from the Williamsburg Community Foundation in helping us continue this vital program.

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