Reading diabetes’ early danger signs
Integrated care is key in diabetes management, and a newly updated toolkit from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) reinforces that fact with resources for frontline practitioners.
"We know that patients with diabetes benefit from a coordinated, team care approach, and the PPOD initiative gives us practical tools to embrace that effort..."
The NDEP's refined, online guide, Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Guide for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry and Dentistry (PPOD), presents resources with which these disciplines can work collaboratively and with other primary health care providers to provide comprehensive diabetic care.
A. Paul Chous, O.D., AOA PPOD representative to the NDEP of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), says this toolkit affords optometrists an opportunity to effectively collaborate with colleagues in other professions for better patient care.
"We know that patients with diabetes benefit from a coordinated, team care approach, and the PPOD initiative gives us practical tools to embrace that effort, grow our practices through interdisciplinary referrals, deliver outstanding patient care and significantly improve public health," Dr. Chous says.
Comprehensive resources for 'PPOD practitioners'
The PPOD toolkit features a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide, as well as other resources, including PPOD presentation slides, patient fact sheets related to each discipline, and patient care checklists for providers. A downloadable, quick-reference guide for common diabetes medications is also forthcoming. According to the CDC, the PPOD guide provides:
- An overview of the team care approach to diabetes management;
- Tips on communicating with patients;
- Sections for each specialty: pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists and dentists; and,
- Resources and links to other PPOD-related tools.
In addition to the resources offered in the guide, NDEP is also offering a series of PPOD webinars where health care providers can attend a "quick course" on how to collaborate and make cross-disciplinary treatment referrals. Upcoming, hour-long webinars, include:
- Monday, Aug. 18, at 12 p.m. EDT (9 a.m. PDT)
- Monday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT)
- Monday, Sept. 8, at 12 p.m. EDT (9 a.m. PDT)
"I encourage every AOA member to watch one of the upcoming PPOD webinars and learn more about this outstanding program," Dr. Chous, a webinar presenter, says. Register now to reserve a seat.
Members also can find diabetes and eye health resources, and the AOA's first evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus, at aoa.org, as well as patient information at AOA Marketplace.