Master's Culminating Experience
Importance: Diabetes is a growing public health threat. One in eleven individuals have diabetes and one in three individuals have prediabetes. Without intervention, 15-30% of individuals with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is proven to prevent or delay the development of diabetes in individuals with prediabetes.
Objective: A continuing medical education (CME) activity was created to increase physician awareness of and referral to the DPP. The goal was to promote the DPP among first-line treatments for prediabetes.
Methods: The types and requirements of different CME activities were examined. An AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM online enduring materials format CME was chosen as the most effective and convenient activity to target primary care physicians. One CME credit was sought to maximize incentive for and ease of the activity. Fellow DPP stakeholders tested the activity and gave feedback.
Results: The CME activity included reading material highlighting awareness of prediabetes and the DPP followed by a ten question assessment. Stakeholders took approximately thirty minutes to complete the CME activity. A 0.5 credit AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM online enduring materials format CME activity was established and approved by the local CME provider.
Conclusions: The DPP CME activity was designed with simplicity to maximize dissemination among primary care physicians. The burden of diabetes can be reduced for healthier communities with physician referral of patients with prediabetes to DPPs.
Kelley, J. T. (2016). Increasing Physician Awareness of and Referral to the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) using Continuing Medical Education (CME). Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
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