Diabetes: Managing Chronic Disease

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As the prevalence of chronic disease continues to rise, opportunities for pharmacists to be compensated for their interventions in the area of chronic disease, from both the private and public sector continue to become available across the country.  Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to provide services that support positive patient outcomes in diabetes, due to their knowledge, skills and accessibility. Pharmacist consultations that include medication management services along with coaching and support for lifestyle modifications have resulted in significant benefit to their patients.  This program has been developed to support pharmacists in the provision of chronic disease management services.   As a pre-requisite to any of the disease based courses, pharmacists will be required to complete a module on Behavioural Change Counselling, to support their role in motivational coaching and lifestyle modifications. A module on the Care Plan Process will also be required. It will provide guidance and support with respect to the process flow, documentation and follow-up in the provision of these services.  These pre-requisites are included in the purchase of this course.  

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, the learner will be able to:

· Provide education to patients regarding diabetes including medication therapy and lifestyle modifications.

· Implement recommendations from the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Guidelines

· Individualize treatment plans and targets to their patients


Accreditation:  6 CEU (Expiring April 4th, 2022), Accredited by Dalhousie Continuing Pharmacy Education


Module 1: Overview

· Overview

· Pathophysiology

· Differentiate between types of diabetes

· Diagnostic criteria

· Targets

· Laboratory recommendations

Module 2: Complications of Diabetes

· Short term complications

· Long term complications

· Sick day management

· Special circumstances: pre-procedure and surgery

Module 3: Non-pharmacological management

· Lifestyle Modifications

· Exercise recommendations

· Basic nutrition counselling

Module 4: Pharmacotherapy

· Oral medication therapy

· Non-insulin injection therapy

· Insulin therapy

· Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy

· Individualizing therapy

Module 5: Monitoring

· Self-monitoring of blood glucose

· Reviewing blood glucose results

· Pattern management

Module 6: Patient Centered Care

· Example initial and follow up appointment flow

· Documentation

· Case Study

Assessment:  For successful completion of each course, a multiple choice exam will be required at the end of the module.  The pass mark is 70% and learners will have 2 attempts.  

System Requirements:  online learning environment compatible with MAC, PC and tablets.  You will require speakers and a video player for some content.  

Author and Presenter:  Janet MacMullin, PhC