The Use of Social Media in Diabetes Education

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Krystal Thompson (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Abstract Millions of people in America have diabetes and this disease is a growing concern nationally. Education can be used as a tool to decrease the instance of diabetes and increase diabetes self-management. The primary care site selected for the project offers an in-house diabetes education program with a participation rate of about 17%. Through offering an alternative to a traditional classroom education the goal is to educate more diabetics. A group of 50 diabetic patients were given the opportunity to complete free online diabetes education modules through The self-guided modules were scheduled to be completed over an 8-week period. Participants completed a diabetes empowerment survey (DES-SF) prior to the first module and at eight weeks completion. The purpose of the DES-SF was to obtain a baseline of the participants' perception of their diabetes self-management ability. To keep participants on track with module completion they received weekly module completion reminders through the primary care provider patient portals. Participant's responses to pre and post DES-SF survey and pre and post Hemoglobin A1C were compared to evaluate for improvement at the completion of the project. Results from the review revealed , all participants decreased their Hemoglobin A1C and surveys showed an increase in the perception of diabetes self-management without increased cost to patients or providers.

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Thompson , Krystal. (November 2017). The Use of Social Media in Diabetes Education (DNP Scholarly Project , East Carolina University).
Language: English
Date: 2017
diabetes, social media, online education, net learning, chronic disease management, Type 2 Diabetes, diabetes education

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