Diabetes

Below you can find diabetes resources for healthcare professionals, including standards of care and patient education.

Diabetes Podcast Series

Episode 2: Non-Insulin Medication for Diabetes

Do you have questions about non-insulin medications for diabetes? Learn more in this 2-part episode of the MaineHealth podcast. Dr. Lisa Carpenter of Southern Maine Health Care talks with Pharmacist Sarah Ambrose and Merle Westbrook, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, about non-insulin medications for diabetes, including metformin, sulfonylureas, DPP-4 Inhibitors and more.

Episode 3: Technology Use in Diabetes Management

Did you know there are now several technologies that can assist in the non-pharmacological management of diabetes? Learn more in this 2-part episode of the MaineHealth podcast. Dr. Lisa Carpenter of Southern Maine Health Care talks with Pharmacist Sarah Ambrose and Merle Westbrook, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, about continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, SmartSets and more. Providers of all kinds will learn about advances in diabetes care and treatment in this podcast.

Episode 4: Shared Decision Making in Diabetes Care

Having conversations with patients about diabetes can be difficult for any provider. This podcast discusses ways to have an open conversation, identifies important questions to ask your patients, and how to help your patients set A1C and self-care goals. Join Dr. Lisa Carpenter, Pharmacist Sarah Ambrose and Merle Westbrook, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, as they discuss Shared Decision Making in diabetes care.

Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association's 2019 Standards of Care and the 2019 Abridged Standards of Care, which focuses on the key recommendations for primary care providers.
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About These Guidelines

About the Guidelines

The clinical guidelines and policies on this page assist clinicians in standardizing the evaluation, diagnosis, and care of patients, with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. The guidelines translate national recommendations and the best available evidence into local context.

Adherence to these guidelines should limit unwanted or unintended variation in practice, but guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive. The clinician retains the responsibility to select the appropriate guideline for a particular patient and to use the guideline to the extent that it serves the individual patient.

Any given approach must be carefully considered with each individual patient to ensure that an effective Shared Decision Making process is in place, which reflects the patient's personal wishes, medical history, and family history.

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