Factors that may impede attendance at diabetes self-management education and support, or DSMES, sessions include lower socioeconomic status, required copayments, higher HbA1c, multiple medications and the use of insulin, according to findings published in Diabetes Educator.
Andrew S. Bzowyckyj
“Many people are living with diabetes, yet the uptake of diabetes self-management education and support by both patients and payer systems is extremely low, despite its documented efficacy,” Andrew S. Bzowyckyj, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, an associate professor at the University Oregon School of Pharmacy in Hillsboro, Oregon, told Endocrine Today. “More work is needed in this area to solve this urgent public health need by accurately identifying and removing barriers to participation in DSMES.”
Bzowyckyj and colleagues retrospectively reviewed electronic